JAN 1945- DEC. 1945
Scanned May 2008
Original in Box 195
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Sunday, December 31, 1944 Cold
"Poland", written across the sleeve of a British Air Force
uniform identified our "Diary Subject" today as an exile from Poland,
outfitted by the British government. His name is A. Jaworski and his
title is Wing Commander, corresponding to Colonel in the 0". S. Air
Corps. His eyes sparkled as he talked and listened; listening he liked
better than talking, although his English grammar and pronunciation
were remarkably good. "Just picked it up while living in England", he
said, and then explained that his mission to America is to study at
Harvard, a special course only available in this country. When asked
how he liked the Inn, Mr. Jaworski said that it, more than any place
he had seen here, made him think of home and old landmarks in Poland.
Monday, January 1,1945 Stormy
New Year's Day
A lovely bride ushered in our New Year. She was Betty
Little, one-time pupil in the Redstone and Southwest Schools. Betty
moved away from Sudbury several years, ago', but came back to be
married here this afternoon in the Martha-Mary Chapel. Her groom
was Navy Lieutenant Russell Wood. About fifty friends and relatives
drove over icy roads to witness the ceremony and afterwards, to enjoy
a Buffet Tea, served in the Large Ballroom. Betty, in proverbial
white satin, was smillug and gay and not in the least concerned about
Tuesday, January 2, 1945 Jair and Cold
The wedding consumed so much of our time and attention
yesterday that another holiday party was almost overlooked. And it was
a happy occasion, too. It was a kind of mixture of wedding anniversary
and birthday celebration. The honored guests were the Borden family
of Sudbury. About twenty neighbors and friends gathered in the Large
Dining Room to partake of a turkey dinner, thus starting the New Year
in this festive way.
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Wednesday, January 3, 1945 Clear
Little feathered friends who make the environs of the Wayside
Inn their homeland, have not been forgotten during the cold winter
weather. Miss Fisher has provided a bird - house for them and has attach-
ed it to a tree near the dining porch windows. Feathered friends have not
discovered it as yet, however. So Car, only the squirrels have approved
it. They have tapped on the door and run around the tree several times
to show their appreciation. Soon, we expect to see twittering groups of
sparrows and woodpeckers holding a housewarmingl
Thursday, January 4-, 1945 iair
Old copies of the "Farmer's Almanac" have furnished Mrs.
Alice L. Kimball of Northooro, mass, with some high-lights on sts
coaching. At one time, a stage left rioston for Washington City via
Worcester. One of the coaches came through Sudbury, early in 1800,
leaving from an Inn called Earle's in Boston. Sta Ld not always
start at the time advertised. They might leave at three in the morn -
ing instead of five o'clock as scheduled! Mrs. Kimball, a recent guest,
is preparing a paper on old taverns for the Northboro Historical
Society and volunteered to pass on some of the information for our
Friday, January 5, 194.5 Cold
The picture of an old Cape Cod Windmill adorns the cover
of a 1945 calendar, just received. The calendar, sent out by the
Massachusetts Mohair Plush Company, is called a "Calendar of Old Mills
in New England". As picturesque as any therein is our own Wayside Inn
Grist Mill. Among others shown is the Stuart Snufj ' in North
Kingston, Rhode Island, where Gilbert Stuart, the famous portrait
painter of Colonial, days, was born. Another interesting mill pictured
is the old mill at Scituate, Mass., built about 1703 by Mordecai Lincoln,
an ancester of Abraham Lincoln.
Saturday, January 6, , Dreary
The Wayside Inr 1 mtly for a dim
given in honor of a high rankj : officer. Thre
■e present - not fro eg vy, but from the Waves ; smgrt,
'aturdBj , ranuarj 6, L945 (contini
' women in Navy , Lth yards of gold braid.
A regular I vj ieutenant, a test, noticed the ant
Commanders in the dining roo. to his pretty bride -
"Gee - whiz I Three Lieutenant G ers in y, the^
as scarse as Colonels in l
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Sunday, January 7, 194-5 Snowstorm
^ongfellow or Whittier could have described the Inn as it
appeared today far better than the writer of this journal. For the Inn was
enveloped in snow. It was not the kind of storm described by Whittier in
"Snowbound" . This was different in character, slower, more moderate, and
very gentle. But, it laid a fleecy, white blanket over leafless trees and
frozen earth and wrapped itself around the Inn. A fey/ guests ventured
forth. Old Dr. Bell and his tiny grandson would have pleased Dickens as
they trudged down the path] two shadowy silhouettes behind a thin white
veil. Dr. Bell's bulky figure limped. He was supported on one side by a
sturdy cane and on the other, by the hand of a little red-haired boy.
Monday, January 3, 194-5 Cold
Christmas has come and gone but tonight it was revived.
Colored tissue paper and gay ribbons were strewn around the Parlor as
nine young ladies from Marlboro opened Christmas gifts. They chose a
turkey dinner for their celebration and the Parlor hearth fire as a cosy
setting for "tree" ceremonies. The tree was lacking, however, and Santa
Claus did not put in an appearance. Nevertheless, a good time was had
by all j all, belonging to a church club.
Tuesday, January 9, 194-5 Cold
Two weeks ago
Voice on the telephone. "Please arrange a dinner
party for ten on the night of Tuesday, January 9th.
The name. Lieutenant Ziegler.
A long table in the 0.^d Dining Room
Places set for ten.
A Steak Dinner
lieutenant Ziegler - a Wave
Nine others - high-ranking Wave Officers
The occasion - An officer being detached
and sent to California
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Wednesday, January 10, 194-5 S tomt-
it is time to think about the Wayside Inn Retreat and the
Fraters. Sunday, January 21 is the date set and Dr. Etz has sent in a
list of those who expect to attend. Among them will be Dr. William
Wallace Rose. His parish is in Lynn, Mass. and news of his work there
comes to us every week in his church pamphlet. Often, this little
sheet gives us something fine and inspirational to remember. Today, it
is a short poem called "The Human Touch".
" 'Tis the human touch in this world that counts,
The touch of your hand and mine,
Which means far more to the fainting heart
Than shelter and bread and wine.
For shelter is gone when the night is o'er.
And bread lasts only a day;
But the touch of the hand, and the sound of the voice
Live on in the soul alwayi "
Thursday, January 11, 1945 Coi-der
" This is a copy of an old etching of
the Wayside Inn as it appeared in
1330. Fainted by Axel G. Christensen
and presented to Sam Squires by the
girls of the Ford Motor Company to
express our affection for him."
Thus, reads an inscription on the back of a little oil
painting. The painting was passed around among our guests, this evening;
thirty executives of the Ford Plant in Somerville. They were here to*'
honor two faithful employees, Samuel E. Squires and Harry Woodward,
both in the company for over thirty - five years. And honor them they
did with a very fine dinner. Not only was the food planned with the
utmost care, but every detail of the table setting was thoughtfully
arranged. Hand-made place cards depicted early New England scenes and
a lovely large orchid awaited every lady at her table place. A carnation
was provided for every gentleman, ^arge bouquets of Spring flov^ers
adorned the center of the table -,vhich was placed in a T- shape, near the
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Friday, January 12, 194-5 Bleak
The Inn has entertained almost every kind of a champion
except a pistol champion. Today, the pistol - shooting champion of the
United States Revolver Association was a luncheon guest of Mrs. Purdy.
And to make the title more distinctive, the champion is a very feminine
charming housewife I Her home is in Arlington, Mass. Four years ago, Mrs.
Knight shot a handgun for the first time in her life. Last year, she took
first place in seven out of eight pistol shooting matches. Never before,
had a woman won a senior outdoor match. Mrs. Knight, like most of the
champions we have met, is modest and unassuming.
Saturday, January 13, 194-5 Cold
Two large dinner parties were served here this evening.
The larger one consisted of 75 people, who honored Mr. William W.
Peabody. His work, for the past sixteen years, has been with the
Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission - and, in particular, at
the Quabbin Reservoir, in the western part of the state. Place cards
were original in design and showed a fine photograph of the Reservoir.
Forty - six neighbors and friends from the vicinity of
Newton, Mass. also enjoyed the facilities of the Inn this evening. After
dinner in the Old Dining Room, they spent two or three hours dancing in
the large Ballroom, with Mr. Haynes directing Quadrilles, the Duchess,
Missing Jan. 14-Jan. 20, 1945
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Sunday, January 21, 194-5 Pleasant
43rd ANNUAL RETREAT
A bright Winter Sun looked down upon the Inn today and
added it's bit of warmth to the Welcome which awaited eighteen
ministers. Frater Kapp came from northern New York a day ahead
and lent a cheery smile and cordial handshake as the 43rd annual
Retreat began. Among the first to arrive was dear Dr. John van
Schaick. He is one of the few older men - and tucked under his
arm was a thoughtful gift for the Inn; papers, pictures and manu-
scripts concerning the Poet in the "Tales of a Wayside Inn".
It wasn't long before Gus Leining was settled down near
the fireplace with a book. Frater Rose wandered out to the Old
Kitchen. D r. Etz passed around a neatly framed picture of his sailor
son. Frater Ellenwood's wife sent a large box of pecans. Rice, one
of the newer members just looked on and listened. Supper was served
in the old dining room and the evening slipped by quickly as more
members arrived. There was good talk and laughter. At ten o'clock
Frater Lobdell, who is the Prior this year, called the Fraters
together in the Old Kitchen. In the quiet of ihis historic old Inn
a deep, ministerial voice began - "Father, we thank Thee - - - "
Fraters Kapp and Lobdell
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Monday, January 22, 194-5 Snow-showers
Frater Etz gave a talk this morning on "Roots of our
Faith in Hebrew Culture". This led to further discussion until
Lunch time. Then followed the "Quiet Hour". This is a period
when some of the ministers go to their rooms while others meditate
in a remote corner of the Old Kitchen or sit quietly in the
Snow showers helped to make the day a pleasurable one;
all enjoy a good Winter walk. Two were seen on skiis climbing the
low hill in front of the Inn. Towards sun-down they came in, one
by one or in twos and threes and gathered in the Bar-room where
a few "wise cracks" were heard - or should we say nut cracks?
Mrs. Ellenwood's pecans furnished much "cracking" such as "Why
don't you 'nuts' throw your shells into the fireplace?" In a few
minutes the laughter had ceased and the Retreat-ers had again re-
treated to the Old Kitchen. This time to hear Dean Skinner of
Tufts College talk on "The Symbolic Interpretation of Worship".
Dinner followed and at 3 o'clock Frater ^aione entertained with
"Vachel Lindsay Peoneer Singer of American Ideals". As usual the
Inn family retired early, leaving the Fraters to their nut cracking;
some of it serious and some of it gay - but all of it kindly and wise,
Tuesday, January 23, 194-5 Pleasant
On this day tte Fraters have seemed to settle down. They are
in for deep, theological talk and they write letters to needy parish-
oners. They appear in comfortable slippers and tweed jackets. They
follow a routine. A stranger looking in might think that these
ministers were here permanently I But no, already there are two leave-
takings; Dr. Kapp must return to St. Lawrence University and Ellenwood
is called to Woonsocket for a funeral.
The day starts with the annual Business meeting. Robert
Cummins, Universalist church Superintendent, talks on "Liberal Religion
in the Developement of American Culture" and in the afternoon F rater
Fred Leining gives a program under the title "Preaching in the War and
Post War Worlds".
The program scheduled for Tuesday evening is always fun.
This year the tradition was carried on with Fraters Fred Leining and
Wallace Rose furnishing the amusement. Both write weekly church papers
and both are able writers. There has been a little rivalry. Tonight
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Tuesday, January 23 - continued
Fred Leining presented diploma and"Hood"to Wallace Rose for having
completed at last, an elementary course in journalism! Further
entertainment of a different sort was provided by Miss Fisher at the
piano and Herman Gehr with his violin - brought from Philadelphia by
the "Ole Bull" of the group.
A fitting gift was presented to Frater Huntley to acknowledge
his twenty-fifth year of membership in the Retreat. The evening ended -
how? Only the Fraters know and they will never tell. Wayside Inn
Retreat fellowship is a sacred thing.
The 1945 Fraters
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Wednesday, January 24, 1945 Pleasant
After the Communion service, Which is held in quiet
simplicity in the Old Kitchen, the Fraters prepare to leave.
Dr. John always bids farewell with a gentle handshake; never for-
getting to add a word of cheer. Most of the younger men leave
in groups of three or four. Dr. Hoyt is returning to Portland,
Maine and Dr. Ulrich, who is wont to take a vacation at this time
of year, is going back to his rural community work in North Car-
olina. Fred Leining and Reamon are the last to leave. Jovial
Fred remarks as he is waiting for the Bus: "This is the first
time I've heard the clock tick. There has been too much talk I" Tall,
good-looking Ellsworth Reamon, President of the Universalist Church
o$ America, is one who has not made "much talk" but his few final
words linger. They are sincere and express the sentiment of all who
"It has been a very fine Retreat this year".
Thursday, January 25, 19&5 Pleasant
Rev. Stanley Manning, experiencing his first Retreat as
a guest of the Fraters, jotted down a bit of his family geneology.
He is a direct descendant of Samuel Howe, first landlord of the Inn.
A pamphlet announcing the establishment of a Frederic
William Perkins Foundation, was distributed among the ministers. Dr.
Perkins was one of the three charter members of the Retreat and attended
it for forty successive years.
Fraters discussed at length the recent decision made by the
Federal Council of Churches to reject the application of the Universa-
list Church of America for membership.
Friday, January 26, 1945 Pleasant, very cold
Another minister (not a Frater) is spending a night and
a day here with his wife; two young people who are doing excellent
parish work in New Bedford, Mass. Reverend Lowell, after meditating
in front of the open fire this morning, spoke these words: "This
is a place where you feel detached from the hum-drum of the World. Here
you can think and rest" .
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Saturday, January 27, 1945 Very cold
1 A letter received from Frater George E. Huntley
brings to a close this week of minister-guests. Dr. Huntley
expresses his appreciation in three sentences:
"You and all the members 3 of your staff were
exceedingly kind and courteous to the fortunate
"Fraters" who once more held their Retreat at the
Flease know that all are deeply and permanently
I have been privileged to enjoy twenty-five
Retreats and I always feel that the last has been
the best' 1 .
Missing Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 1945
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Sunday, February 4-, 194-5
Dinner over, Mr. W. T. Powell stopped to chat this after-
noon about his friend and fellow- worker at Boston University, Reverend
William L. Stidger. It was then that the hostess discovered Mr. Powell
to be an ordained minister, Consequently, he was made the guest of the
Inn. This came as a pleasant surprise and a timely one to both Mr. and
Mrs. Powell. They were here to celebrate their 23rd Wedding Anniversary!
Monday, February 5, 194-5
Another special event occurred last evening when overnight
guests, Corporal and Mrs. James B. Pierce were ushered into the Jerusha
Room. This particular room was occupied by Mrs. Pierce's aunt on her
wedding night I And this was the wedding night of Mr. and Mrs. Pierce.
The Jerusha room was not specified when the reservation was made, but
Mrs. Pierce had secretly hoped for it. She has recently come from Eng-
land, an English nurse. Her husband was not without his sentiment too.
He was carrying bags marked "Antarctic Expedition" . These belonged to a
brother who carried them on his honeymoon as did another brother before
Tuesday, February 6, .194-5
jSant rajuPH d?;lagrieco
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Tuesday, February 6, 1945 (cont.y
Sergeant Ralph Delagrieco, Boy's School graduate, returned
yesterday from California to give us a verbal picture of his life there
in a Redistribution Center. Ralph takes veteran aviators on fishing tri^s,
just for recreation. He dined on a recent evening at the home of Irene
Dunne, screen actress. Coming through Chicago on his way East, Ralph
stopped to hear a national Radio Broadcast from its home studio. There he
was chosen among others in uniform, to say a few words. Raiph called,
"Hello, Wayside Inn."
Wednesday, February 7, 1945 Pleasant
A sight seeing tour of _,exington and Concord for twenty-
three students from Leslie College, ended this afternoon with dinner
served on the dining porch at Wayside Inn. Twenty-three young ladies
were weary and tired as they came in for a turkey dinner. This revived
them, however, and when dessert was finished they were eager for more
sightseeing. A tour of the house was made in organized fashion.
Ten Dennison salesmen, called to the factory office at
Framingham from ten different states, were entertained at dinner this
evening by Mr. Schneider, home office executive. He is wont to bring
such groups to the Inn as they arrive; one in about every two or three
Thursday, February 8, 1945 Snow storm
At noon time, Mrs. Willard Worcester, house guest since
Tuesday, prepared to leave; to drive her car into Boston. But should
she go in the storm? Snow was falling fast and driving was dangerous. No,
she would settle down with Whittier's "Snow-bound" and wait. Other house
guests, Mr. and Ivlrs. George T. Howe of Connecticut prepared to stay in for
a spell, too. The storm became more intense; it raged. The wind blew and
a blizzard ensued. Travelling became a major problem, .busses stopped. Cars
were stalled. The telephone buzzed with "storm calls". Two employees
couldn't get home. Drifts were drifting while plows plowed. How many feet
deep? About one foot and still snowing 1
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Cptfc Friday, February*?, 1945 Pleasant
The World is beautifully white. There is a remarkable
stillness, broken only by the distant shouts of boys who are breaking
trails; boys in single file running down through the center of Dutton
Road; the road itself is buried under - and the snow plow is buried,
tool No one is stirring at the Inn, not even a mouse!
Trucks with clanking chains arrive. These are loaded
with more boys and men and snow shovels, boon, there is a path to the
front door, to the Gate House - and now the big, yellow buli-dozer chugs,
chugs along the main road. Guests are waking up. They peer from upper
windows and behold the most glorious Winter sight they have ever seen I
.rs. Worcester has donned fur coat and boots and woolen scarf. She looks
like a very little person against hugh snowpiles, some fourteen feet high.
She stops to admire the Inn; the tiny tufts of cotton white snow on every
window sill; and the deep "loaf" on the porch roof. And she exclaims over
the clear, deep blue sky above, ^eing an artist she sees "pink" snow under
the windows, a reflection from the house. But the lov^iest picture of all
is the Martha- Mary Chapel standing straight on its perfectly white hill
top with its perfectly white steeple pointing towards the heavenly blue.
All day, the great amount of snow and its removal from
highways and byways claims our attention. iAany of the Inn family are not
atwork today. At least they are not at work here. At home, they are
shoveling paths and driveways. Tomorrow there will be plenty of tired
arms and lame backs!
Saturday, February 10, 1945 Pleasant
A stocky little girl with two perky blue bows tied in
her hair, was a talkative dinner guest this evening. She told about
her school and how each morning in Assembly someone is chosen to recite
a poem or talk on a place she has visited, At present, our young
visitor is learning "The Village Blacksmith". When her turn comes a-
round for a poem she will recite it. "And when I have my Talk", she
said, "I'll tell about the Wayside Inn".
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Sunday, February 11, 194-5 Pleasant
Singing songs around the old square piano in family fashion
made this evening an enjoyable one for Mrs. Harold G. Austin and
seventeen friends . Mrs . Austin is a Wayside Inn bride and was
married in the Martha-Mary Chapel last November. Mr. Austin is now at
Pearl Harbor. The singing was preceded by Sunday Night Supper and
altogether a good time was had by all. Next time it is hoped that the
groom will be here to enjoy such an event.
Monday, February 12, 1945 Pleasant
Mentioned in dispatches from the Italian front, is the River
Arno. Longfellow mentions it too in the "Tales of a Wayside Inn". It is
in the Student's tale of the "Falcon ©5 Ser Federigo", an Italian
story based on a legend from Bocaccio's Decameron.
"One summer morning, when the sun was hot
Weary with labor in his garden plot
On a rude bench beneath his cottage eaves
Ser Federigo sat among the leaves
Of a huge vine, that with its arms outspread
Hung its delicious clusters overhead.
Below him, through the lovely valley, flowed
The river Arno, like a winding ro«*d.
And from its banks were lifted high in air
The spires and roofs of Florence called
Tuesday, February 13, 194-5 Cloudy
The window shelf behind the Bar is adorned with little spots of
color which brighten these Winter days. The spots are tiny blossoms from
various plants, brought in by a plant lover, Mrs. G. F. Cutting. She and
her son drive over from the other side of the town once a week to have
luncheon here. Mrs. Cutting. who is elderly, usually brings a few pink and
white azalea blossoms. The other day she brought a slip from a nutmeg
geranium. This is growing in a tiny hand-blown vase and soon will be
planted in a flower |*ot.
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Wednesday, February 14, 194-5 Pleasant
A "Gob" and his girl came in about nine o'clock tonight.
They wanted to see the house. Perhaps we should say, he wanted to see
the house. Anyway, the young man was the most enthusiastic visitor we
have had for some time. He was a minister's son from Texas. Longfellow,
Hawthorne and the New England literary lore appealed to him as did the
furnishings of the house. He lingered on and on snd at last bought a
copy of the "Tales" to send to Texas. "Father would love this," he said.
Then he hesitated. He wanted to keep the book himself. After a little
debating, which was financial in nature, he decided to buy another copy;
one for a Methodist minister in Texas and one for a Gob in blue.
Thursday, February 15, 194-5 Warmer
To honor a young lady soon to leave for Denver, Colorado, ten
of her office-mates in the Curtis Shoe Factory in Marlboro tendered her
a dinner party this evening. Singing followed in the old Ball room.
When Bus time came the girls scrambled into hats and coats and waited at
the end of the walk for the big Red monster which was to carry them home.
Alas, the Bus passed by without stopping and the girls spent another hour
Friday, February 16, 194-5 Pleasant
Gay red paper hearts dancing merrily on the walls, a few
cupids here and there, long red and white streamers fluttering; dimly
lighted candleabra lending an air of mystery and romance to the lovely
Ball-room, the rustling of taffeta, the whispering of silk, the swishing
of net as young ladies were swung happily around to the strains of old
waltzes, reels and polkas 1 Excited laughter, the blending of high
girlish voices with the deeper tones of the boys and men, the music of the
orchestra, could all be heard in the background. The reason? Why, the
formal Valentine dance held by the Wayside Inn Boy's Schooll
Saturday, February 17, 194-5 Pleasant
Former Senator Frederick C. Walcott and Mrs. Walcott from
Norfolk, Connecticut dropped in for tea this afternoon. "But Orange
Pekoe tea", said the Senator,*' is not to my liking and I never drink it!"
He explained that the poorest, bottom leaves of the tea plant are those
given the fancy name of Orange Pekoe. Senator Walcott, who has spent
several years in China, brought his own tea along with him, green tea
\»hich is the best Chinese brand. Before starting on his way home, the
Senator told of his interest in music and was shown the violin which once
belonged to Ole Bull.
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Sunday, February 13, 1945 Cold
In an unusual wedding gown of cream colored, brocaded satin,
Miss Grace Hinckley walked down the aisle of the Martha - Mary Chapel this
afternoon to become the bride of Lieutenant D. A. ^inscott. The sun smiled
down on the happy couple as the wedding party and over one hundred guests
adjourned to the Inn for a wedding supper. This was a War romance, the
bride, eighteen years old and the groom, twenty. "And we've only been to-
gether a little over three weeks", explained the blushing bride. We learned,
however, that the couple have known each other about two years; Oncle Sam's
mail service playing the part of cupid. Managing the details of the wedding
and reception was the bride's mother, who lives at "Colonial Acres" in
Concord, Mass., where she lectures on period furnuture, interior decoration,
etc. The Inn, then, provided just the right setting and atmosphere for this
Colonial minded family.
Monday, February 19, 194-5 Cold
In the Summer of 1941, Mr. James A. Fitzpatrick, producer of
Fitzpatrick Travelogues, made a colored sound picture of the Inn. He asked
Miss de Mille and Miss Staples, hostesses, to walk towards the front door
as he snapped the picture. This scene later appeared in the Fitzpatrick 's
Travelogue of New England. It was shown in hundreds of theatres throughout
the United States. Today, a letter came from England. It was written by a
member of the R. A. F. Said Harry, who visited the Inn about a year ago.
"The other evening the airbomber and I popped
into a news cinema in Nottingham to pass the odd hour.
Wasn't I surprised when I saw the Wayside Inn in technicolor.
It was one of Fitzpatrick 's Travelogues and I am sure I saw
you, Miss Staples, walking in the old doorway. How I wished
I could be whisked back there!"
Tuesday, February 20,^945 Fair
This is the story of a beautiful English girl who loved the
poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and of Nazi prison guards who did not. The
girl was born in England shortly after the first World War. Her father had
served in France and talked of the beautiful French countryside. One day,
he moved his little family, wife and daughter, to France. There the child
learned the language and could speak both English and Prench. This War came;
the father enlisted ; the mother died. The beautiful blonde girl with large
blue eyes was left alone. She became a member of the French underground.
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One night, she met a man who befriended her ; he was dressed in civilian
clothes and could speak English. But, he tricked the lovely blonde and
called the Gestapo. The girl was taken to a German prison camp. She refused
to give the names of her companions. She was half starved and every day was
given a terrible beating. The brilliant mind broke. She became crazy. She
recited nursery rhymes, "Kumpty Dumpty" and "Mary Had a Little uarab" over
and over again. This antagonized the guards and knowing that her mind was
gone, they released her. She found her way back to Paris - blonde hair the
color of ashes and eyes, expressionless. An old friend took her in, but
soon afterwards this beautiful gir^., who had so infuriated the Nazi with
"Mary Had a Little _amb", died, never knowing that her father too. had been
Wednesday, February 21, 1945 Fair
Dr. van Schaick's account of the 1945 Retreat has come in the
February 17th issue of the Christian reader. As usual, all of it is good
reading. His description of the Did Kitchen this year is particularly note-
worthy and he ends it by saying.
"The Fraters do not debate about spits or Phoebe
lamps, but the debates are wiser and kinder because of the
message that the Old Kitchen continually is driving home.
How can one take a narrow or bigoted or sectarian attitude
in the Old Kitchen of the Wayside Inn? A mighty past seems
to be continually speaking, a limitless future seems to be
beckoning. One gets courage from the unending march of the
generations. One gets humility from a knowledge of the
contribution each has made."
Thursday, February 22, 1945 Stormy
Overnight guests tonight are Mr. and Mrs. H.
Baptiste who manage a dancing studio on Newbury Street,
Boston. Their dancing instruction is of the modern Ball-
Dinner Guest. "I'm glad I came. Now I'll have
something to write about to my son in Australia.
Recent gift; A lovely hooded baby's cradle of
early period, presented by Mr. Horace A Beauregard. This
will be placed in the Parmenter Sisters' House.
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Friday, February 23, 194-5 Cold
Our dancing class this evening furnished entertainment and
relaxation for one man who has, what his fellow officer called, "a
terrifying job". The man is Colonel Kilgore, in charge of 24-00 beds for
wounded soldiers at Cushing Hospital, Framingham. Tonight, the Colonel's
expression was stern as he watched the boys dance and he didn't smile
very much. But when his boys, his patients, were mentioned, a soft light
appeared in his eyes and a ready smile appeared on his lips. He expressed
a keen interest in the Inn and a desire that every one of his boys should
see it; boys from the city and boys from the farm, all who are able to
walk. Transportation is a problem, but when Spring comes the Colonel says
he will arrange for the patients to come in groups of about thirty each.
Saturday, February 24, 1945 Clear
One friend, A^r. Samuel Chamberlain, who compiled our best-
seller book "i.iOngfellow's Wayside Inn - A Camera Impression" has been
decorated with the Bronze Star. fir. Chamberlain, who has been in the
War for two years or more, is a member of the Army Air Forces Evaluation
Board in the Mediterranean Theatre. The citation reads. "For aid in
compiling, editing, and interpreting photographic intelligence data on
enemy targets." This is the second medal awarded Mr. Chamberlain in this
War. He received the region of Merit last September.
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Sunday, February 25, 194-5 Pleasant
Chatting around the fireplace in the Bar -room this afternoon were
an Army Chaplain and his wife, a Navy Ensign and his wife and Mr. and Mrs. . .
Kienie. On arrival yesterday afternoon, these folks were perfect strangers. To -
day they were talking like old friends. Mr. and Mrs. Kienie kindly offered to
take the men in uniform to their respective destinations; the ladies were discus*
ing their children etc. A Wayside Inn week - end which ma^ bear the fruit of
several ripened friendships!
Monday, February 26, 1945 Cold
The Wayside Inn was the subject of a Radio Broadcast this morning
when Priscilla Staples of the Wayside Inn was interviewed by ^riscilla Fortesque
of Station WEEI in Boston. Priscilla Fortesque directs a program called "Good
Morning Ladies" and in a fifteen-minute period she asks her "lady of the day"
a good many questions. For instance, she asked Miss Staples this morning, "What
were your first impressions of the Wayside Inn."' and "What do you enjoy most
about the Wayside Inn?" To the latter question, Miss Staples replied: "I think
I enjoy most , just everything about the Wayside Inn!" And then she went on to
explain that "everything" meant the lovely rural setting of the Inn, the furni-
ture, the history, the Longfellow association and the present day guests. Other
questions, such as "What do you consider the most interesting and thrilling
experience you have had at the Inn/" and "What is the most common question asked
by the guests?" were duly answered in the required radio time.
Tuesday, February 27, 1945 Cold - Pleasant
Following the usual procedure on February 27th each year, today
a v. r reath was laid on Longfellow's grave at Mount Auburn. Made from white pine
and cones from the woods, it made a spot of living green against the dead -
white stone and the snow which still covered the ground. Deep drifts were
everywhere excepting on the southern slopes where the sun had melted the snow
entirely. One could almost see the green grass pushing up in the warmth of the
sun and feel a promise bf spring in the air.
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Wednesday, February 23, 194-5 Cold
A real actress and one who has just returned from entertaining
our boys overseas was an overnight guest last night. She was Margaret Ledbetter
Hammer stein, Red Cross staff assistant, who opened the current Red Cross
campaign in Marlboro? Naturally, Mrs. Hammer stein had many interesting things
to talk about. She managed a Red Cross Showmobile which toured army camps,
A. R. C. Clubs, and Aero Clubs throughout the English countryside. She said
that Variety Troup3S are particularly popular because the boys can, after en-
joying the performance, join in community sings and amateur shows with the
assistance of the cast's varied talent.
Thursday, March 1, 1945 Pleasant
A thrilling sight was described today by the driver of a Wayside
Inn truck and his assistant . Running over a hill in front of the truck were
fourteen deer; deer of all sizes trailing each other in single file, their
graceful brown bodies clearly silhouetted against the white snow. And as they
vanished one by one into the woods, more deer could be seen through the trees
as if a whole herd was gathered there. And the location described was not more
than a quarter of a mile from the Inn! Naturally, the men were more than sur -
prised. They hurried back to the Inn to give a glowing word picture of their
Friday, March 2, 1945 Pleasant
Mrs. Kartlein is one who is doing her "bit". Each week she has
guided the wives of Array and Navy men stationed at Harvard College, on a histor-
ical tour. They have visited Lexington and Concord and Salem, Paul Revere' s
House and the Wayside Inn. Several times, Mrs. Hartlein has brought her weekly
group to the Inn. Today, she arranged for eighteen luncheons. Some of the girls
bring their babies right along with them and today four small children were in
the party. Very often, the girls are ex-school teachers and always they are far
from home. Mrs. Hartlein usually plans the Wayside Inn visit on a Friday, when
dancing classes are in session. Too, these visits are often of a preliminary
nature. A second trip is likely to ensue with friend husband along.
Saturday, March 3, 1945 Rainy - Clearing
Why yes I Spring is definitely just around the corner, especially
at Wayside Innl How do we know? Well, just follow any hostess into the old
dining room and she will lead you to the lovely bay window there. If you peer
out very closely, you will see tiny green shoots pushing their way through the
apparently sleeping earth and you will exclaim over the appearance of the first
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Saturday, March 3, 1945 (continued)
crocus. If you stay for dinner, you will discover another Spring-like
addition on your dining table - large, yellow and violet pansy faces
smiling up at you. However, if still in doubt, you may leave the Inn
and walk along the lovely, winding road towards Framingham. There you
will find soft, fuzzy pussy willows lining your path. Do you believe
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Sunday, March 4, 1945 Very Pleasant
Thirty years', service with one company is quite a record.
Purdy, our manager, has achieved that record and today was given a party to
honor the occasion. After surprising r<ir. Purdy at his home, ten friends and
associates of the Ford Motor Company accompanied the guest of honor to the Inn
where dinner was served. A large cake, appropriately decorated, was brought in
at dessert time and a center bouquet added a festive touch to the one long table
in the center of the dining room. Mr. Purdy thought the secret had been well
kept and was genuinely surprised and pleased.
Monday, March 5, 1945 Fair
It is not often that the Diary has something unpleasant to record.
Today, however, the Inn household was deeply concerned over one of the guests,
Miss Sarah Stagg, who yesterday was struck by an automobile on the Post Road
highway not far from the Inn. Fortunately, Miss Stagg was not knocked unconscious,
but complained of leg injuries. This morning, she was carried to the hospital,
an x-ray taken, and the report is favorable; no bones broken.
Tuesday, March 6, 1945 3 as ant
As a result of the recent broadcast, when one of the hostesses
was interviewed by Priscilla Fortesque of Station WEZI in Boston, a listener
writes that she was especially interested in hearing the broadcast because she
happened to be at Plymouth, Vermont, when President Coolidge presented the
famous Sap Bucket to Mr* Ford. She was on a motor trip through Vermont at the
time and , by chance, had stopped at Plymouth. There, on that very day, the
historic event took place and the memory of it is certainly vivid in the listener's
mind. She also remembers when quite young, meeting a gentleman 34 years old,
whose home was in Sterling, Mass. His mother, Polly Kimball, was the teacher of
the Redstone School who sent Mary's lamb home. The listener's name is Mrs. t
M. Robinson and she lives at 44- Aider. Street, Dedham, Mass.
Wednesday, March 7, 1945 -asant
"Songs of Salvation" is the title of an old Hymn book, dated 1870,
which Mrs. Moses Alley presented to the Inn today. The book is quaint in apj.-
ance and includes many of our familiar hymns, at least, th ic is Lliar.
The words, in some instances, are quite different. The songs are divided as
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Wednesday, March 7, 1945 (continued,
Work Songs Joy Songs .
Welcome Songs Festival Songs
Prayer Songs Home Songs
Faith and Hope Songs Pilgrim Songs
Praise Songs Heaven Songs
Miss Fisher has placed the book in the music drawer of the Old Spinet in the
Parlor and will use it when guests and others gather around for a "sing".
Thursday, March 3, 194-5 Very Pleasant
Last week, little white-headed snow-drops blossomed out with their
annual message about Spring being "just around the corner". This week, the pussy-
willows are putting in an appearance for the same purpose. Pussy-willows are
usually quite numerous around the Inn estate and are used for decorations in the
house. One of the guests brought in a bright yellow crocus blossom from her gar-
den, while another one asked," Have you seen a robin yet?" No, not yet - but soon,
The message of the snow-drops never fails.
Friday, March 9, 194-5 Fair
Those who remember twenty years back remember Miss Pelton. Her
personality made an indelible impression upon those who were here at that time.
Now, Miss Pelton is the supervisor of a small hospital in rJoston called "The
Charming Home" 'About once a year, she comes to the Inn for a kind of old home
day. She looks up old friends and inquires for those who are not here. Tonight,
she stayed several hours, going over to the Gate House to see Lena and into the
Kitchen to see Maizie. All declared that Miss Pelton had not changed one bit.
Saturday, March 10, 194-5 Stormy
Another enjoyable party was held in the Ballroom this evening, pre-
ceded by dinner served in the large dining room. The group numbered fifty and was
made up of employees of the Bethlehem Steel Company at its Fore River Shipyard.
Fore River is located near Hingham, Mass. and is a community which is now over-
flowing with War workers. The guests tonight were the employees of one particu
department. Mr. Haynes directed old fashioned dancing until nearly midnight.
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Sunday, March 11, 1945 Pleasant
Attracting some attention among Sunday guests today was a middle-
aged man in dark blue uniform. It was a uniform of the British Navy and the
gentleman was the Captain of a Hospital Ship plying between Canada and England.
Undoubtedly, the Captain could have told many a modern tale of ye Wayside Inn,
but his hardened face with yet soft sympathetic eyes forbid any questioning.
Rather, the Captain was interested in our tales of a Wayside Inn; particularly
in the story of the Coolidge Sap Bucket with Edward's name thereon.
Monday, March 12, 1945 Fair
Somewhere in France an American doughboy has converted an old
schoolhouse into a small roadside tavern and the sign reads "Wayside Inn".
Mine host is Staff Sergeant Ralph Taylor. The story, which appeared in the
Boston Post today, says that Taylor was much embarrassed recently when sixty
to seventy unexpected guests, on their way to units farther forward, dropped
in for lunch. Taylor lived up to the traditions of his famous Wayside Inn
back home, however. He said. "I'll have something in fifteen minutes." The
"something" was steak, French Fried potatoes, grapefruit juice, and chocolate
cake. No red points were required.
Tuesday, March 13, 1945 Sho?/ers
Billy: "I got a book from the library. It was called "kittle John
from New England" and it told all about the Wayside Inn; the
wafer iron and everything."
Sally: "Oh, Mother, this room is old allright. Just look at the
cracks 1 "
Wednesday, March 14, 1945 Pleasant
A young man of teen age thumbed the pages of "The Tales of a
Wayside Inn" this evening and displayed considerable interest in them. "Sure
I remember 'The Bell of Atri'," he said. "And 'King Robert of Sicily' is a
corker". The whole class had studied Longfellow; and, in particular, "The
Tales of a Wayside Inn". Mother offered to buy a copy, but she admonished the
boy to be sure to read the book.
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Thursday, llarch 14, 1945
A warm, Spring-like evening brought many guests into the country
for dinner and among them were eleven girls from the Dennison Manufacturing
Company. They belong to one particular office staff and once a month have a
dinner meeting together. When asked what they usually planned for entertain-
ment following dinner, they replied. "Oh, we just gossip!"
Friday, March 1%, 194-5
The Inn became a lively resort center this afternoon when thirteen
girls from Wellesley College arrived to stay overnight. They rode over on
bicycles and were dressed accordingly. Some wore over-alls with fancy plaid shirts
while others were attired in proverbial tweed skirts and sweaters. Knap-
sacks served for suit cases, while a few just tied their "things" in a colored
silk scarf. Half the afternoon was spent around the fireplace in the Bar room
while the remainder of the daylight was used for exploration out - of - doors.
All were gay at the dinner table and spent an interesting evening in the large
Ballroom watching the dancing class. Studies and Wellesley College were com -
pletely forgotten; at least, temporarily.
Saturday, March 1#, 1945
Now that Spring is on its way, it is hard to recall scenes like
these, taken during our real old - fashioned snowstorm on February 3th, 194.5 •
1 ' : 'f'
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Sunday, March 13, 1945
All departments functioned at top speed today, as nearly
four hundred people came to the Wayside Inn for their Sunday Dinner.
Hostesses said "Hello" and"Good -byey wrote orders and counted cash.
Waitresses set tables, cleared them and served the dinners. Last,
but not least, cooks cooked food, placed it on plates and sent it
piping hot to the guests. Guests looked through the house, asked
questions, chatted with their friends, ate their dinners and walked
to the Chapel and Schooihouse. Many said "A most enjoyable time
and a very good dinner."
Monday, March 19, 1945
An event which should have been recorded in the Diary on the
very day it occurred, has just come to our attention. The story was
told today by a guest, who sometime ago, was visiting the Inn with
friends. When they looked into the old Ballroom, three Army Chaplains
were there. "Come waltz with me," called one of the Chaplains to a
surprised young lady visitor," and as the tune of a Viennese Waltz was
being hummed, the Chaplain whirled his newly found partner around the
Ballroom floor. "Just wanted to write my wife in California, that I
had danced in the Old Wayside Inn Ballroom," he explained.
Tuesday, March 20, 1945
Girls in dungarees with loose, checked shirts have flocked to
the Inn from Wellesiey College during the past few days. Thirteen stayed
over last Friday night and three on Saturday night. Two more came in to-
day. The latter arrived on foot, having walked six miles from Framingham
Center. Wellesiey is having a week's vacation and students have been
requested 'not to travel to their homes.' Consequently, the time is being
spent in sightseeing and teaming at some of New England's famous land marks,
Wednesday, March 21, 1945
Making the Inn a kind of retreat for meditation and rest, is a
minister from Waterbury, Connecticut, who arrived last evening and will
remain again tonight. He is Rev. John C. Walker. Also spending the
night tonight, are Rev. and Mrs. John C. Hyde of Biddeford, Maine. They
are the y o wag couple who often bring young parisioners from their home town,
to show them Boston and the Wayside Inn. Boys and girls who haven't had
the same opportunities and advantages as city children.
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Thursday, March 22, 1945 Very Stormy
The hostess of one of the town's biggest hotels in New York
tells a curious fact. Her job is to be adviser, listener to and guide of
her hotel's daily guests. They come from all parts of the country, many
for their first visit, as do many of the visitors here at the Inn. In the
course of a day, this hostess talics to and sees behind the curtains of a
pretty fair cross-section of modern America's public. And what do you think
these visitors ask her? "I've kept a record for two years," this hotel
hostess said. "Ninety-five perceaatof the questions asked are 'How can we
see the Statue of liberty? '" And, we might add, ninety-five percent of the
questions asked a hostess at the Wayside Inn are "How old is the house?"
Friday, March 23, 1945 Rain
Many guests are interested in a little wooden keg which hangs
near the fireplace in the Bar room. We have known, pf course, that this is
called a switchell - jug, used for carrying switchell, or sweetened water,
to the men in the fields at haying time. However, we had not discovered the
actual recipe for Switchell until recently. The following is taken from an
article by J. Almus Russell
4 quarts cold spring water
1 cup molasses
1 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon ginger
1 cup brown sugar ( corn syrup to taste may be substituted;
1 tablespoon oatmeal
Stir all of the ingredients together with a big
wooden spoon, and pour into a clean jug.
Saturday, March 24, 1945 Sunny
Instead of a "^aughing Allegra", like Longfellow's daughter,
our guest this evening was a "higgling Allegra". "Yes", said a fond mother,
" we named our child for the poet's little girl. Her name is Allegra ..arson"
This modern Allegra is a stocky blond of about twelve years, with a very
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Sunday, March 25, 1945 Pleasant
Miss Fisher being on a vacation, house guest Robert F. Duncan
supplied the Sunday table decorations. He roamed field and forest in
search of pussy willows. Returned with a large bunch of miscellaneous
tree buds, ground pine and a few "by-gone" pussy willows.
Over three hundred meals were served today, Palm Sunday.
Helping on the Hostess staff through Sunday afternoons and
evenings, is Mrs. Jane Bennett teacher in the Southwest school. Mrs.
Bennett has previously served as hostess during the Summer months.
Monday, March 26, 1945 Pleasant
Within the four walls of the Parlor where Longfellow found
inspiration for his poems, another poet today scratched off this merry
I enjoyed my visit
Bards of old
And read the tales
You had told.
Return I hope
Right now I must be
On my way
The poem was found tucked away behind a picture. The modest
author signed his initials - JMB. Suspicion rests between two young
Navy ensigns who lingered long in the Parlor.
Tuesday, March 27, 1945 Very warm
Lilac buds are budding and green grass is getting greener in
the warm sunshine of unusually warm weather. The themometer has broken
all records for these last March days. The temperature has been between
70 and 80 degrees.
Tonight another group of Dennison salesmen were here. Twelve
representatives averaged 36 years in the Company's service. Dinner was
followed by a meeting in the old kitchen.
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Wednesday, March 23, 1945 Very warm
March 23, 1945
The Wayside Inn
My dear Friends.
I want to thank you most sincerely for your very gracious
hospitality. I have been feeling a bit tired and nervous and I was
supposed to get away for a couple of days. The Wayside Inn was absolutely
ideal for a arest. I loved everything about the Inn. Years ago when I
stopped overnight with you I wrote Mr. Ford but I thought this time I
would write you at the Inn.
Please add my word of tJanks to that of many others who have
profited by Mr. Ford's generosity to the men of my profession.
With my very best thanks.
Yours very cordially,
(signed; JOHN C. WALKER
Thursday, March 29, 1945 Warm
Five Army Signal Corps men arrived this morning prepared to
take pictures of the Inn. Expensive cameras, slung on shoulder straps, were
finally focused on the house as the boys found a good spot from which to
snap their pictures. Then they came into the Bar room and registered from
Ohio, New York, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.
Friday, March 30, 1945 Cooler
Foreign places have been represented here recently by the
Ole Braken - Norway
Mr. and Mrc. E. T. Warren - Jarnshedpur, India
Ann Or land - Cairo, 3gypt
Mrs. S. Foley - London, England
Garnett Gardiner - Shanghai, Chins
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Saturday, March 31, 1945 Pleasant
A boy on a bicycle returned today bringing two friends, all
Boy Scouts trying to run 50 miles over the road in an endurance test.
Besides being thrilled by their fifty-jnile ride, the boys were pleased
to discover at the half way point a place which was restful and interesting,
They went through the house, walked to the Mary Lamb school and crossed
the highway to the Mill. Then they hopped on their bikes, refreshed and
eager for the return trip.
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Sunday April 1, 194-5 Very Pleasant
Southern friends would have called this a "pretty" day. It was
"pretty" both inside and out. An early Spring warmth had prettied the
country side with bursting buds and lacy green leaves, while inside,
pretty light suits and flowery hats made our feminine guests very
beautiful to look upon. And interspersed among the six hundred guests
were many in Navy blue or Army khaki. "How do you like your roast beef?"
one gold braided ensign was asked. "Oh, I'll take it any way you want
to give it to me" said he. Then he added. "In the Navy we have it thrown
at usi" Another army veteran in a party of four spoke appreciatively of
the turkey dinner. "That was the best meal I've had since coming home
from the South Pacific" he said. Also dressed prettily for Easter were
young Army and Navy wives. Even the charming Old Inn itself was further
beautified with bright yellow jonquils and sprays of golden forsythia.
Southerners or Northerners all would agree that Easter dau 1945, was a
Monday, April 2, 1945 Cloudy
Guests danced to the strains of lovely Viennese waltzes this after-
noon following the wedding reception and breakfast of Miss Elizabeth
Quigg. Miss Quigg was married earlier in the day in Waltham to a tall,
blonde Navy ensign. Their guests, numbering over one hundred, included
several bridesmaids dressed in soft, billowy yellow tulle and the Best
Man. Also the parents of bride and groom. After about an hour of
dancing in the large Ball -room the bride "threw"her bouquet and the
couple were off for a short honeymoon.
Tuesday, April 3, 1945 Colder
Sojourning here after the Lenten season and Easter are two
Episco^ax clergymen. They are Rev. Gordon Bennett of Newton and
Rev. Howard M. Lowell of New Bedford who have brought their wives to
spend a few days away from small children and parish cares. After a
day of reading and writing and resting, Mrs. Bennett expressed her
appreciation this way. "I can't believe its true, thatUhere is such
a place as this!"
Wednesday, April 4, 1945 Cold
Wayside Inn hostesses are often made the recipients of a little
gift. Sometimes it is a box of candy. The other day, a frequent guest,
Mr. Whittemore, brought two packs of playing cards. But the most
unusual token of gratitude to be passed across the Bar, came yesterday
from Dr. K. P. Ehn. He had telephoned from New York, made reservations
for his wife and daughter and upon arrival wanted to show his gratitude
for a night's lodging at this famous hostelry. After making a short
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Wednesday, April 4, 194-5 (continued;
Speech to that effect, Dr. Ehn brought forth a tooth brush, neatly cased in
glass and made by Squibb and Company. It seems that Dr. Ehn works in the
dental laboratory of the Squibb Company. The hostess, of course, was
particularly pleased with this practical gift and is anxious to try the new
bent handle, made from plastics.
Thursday, April 5, 1945 Cold
Jerry Wood was a popular boy when in the Wayside School, and since
graduating in 194-3 > his whereabouts have been followed with interest. This
week a War Correspondent on the Western front sent a dispatch to the Boston
Globe about Jerry. He was shot down over Germany and landed "right in the
middle" of the Rhine River. Jerry thought sure he was a "goner". But he
finally made the bank and got rid of his electrically heated flying suit.
Then, after a night or two spent in a barn 'within the German lines", he
made his way back to American Territory, dodging many Germans en route.
Now he is again based in Engla^ji and the Correspondent adds "there is
nothing the matter with Jerry".
Friday, April 6, 194-5 Pleasant
Tonight we learned from over night guest Mrs. M. Thorner, that much
can be accomplished and hidden talents developed, when one is over sixty.
She was speaking, in particular of her husband, who a few years before he
died, discovered a great talent for painting. He has left six very fine
landscapes done after he confessed to one of his teachers that "he could
never paint". Mr. and Mrs. Thorner founded Camp Truda in Oxford, Maine.
"Not a regular type of camp," said Mrs. Thorner, "but one which emphasizes
the cultural things - painting, music etc." The c»mp accommodates about
one hundred girls between the ages of six and eighteen. Mrs. Thorner
on her way back to New Jersey after making preparations to open the camp
for the Summer season.
Saturday, April 7, 1945 Pleasant
Driving fror. New York towards the Wayside Inn, one of our guests
today picked up a Navy man who was standing by the roadside. She gave
him a "lift" and on the way learned how one of our War Heroes feels
upon his return home. "I was in four of the toughest c v is out
there in the Pacific" he said, "and I haven't got a scratch on me. I
can't believe its true and I'm so gratefu^ to be home I'll never
complain again about anything. I'll wash dishes, make beds, hoe in the
garden, rake the lawn or cook without a whimper."
Sunday, April S, 194i> Very Pleasant
The Diary is a kind of mirror uhich should reflect certain
character! sties of the tine. This lar tiae has been reflected la the
iuaerous oece , by Men and worsen I form t: the
versation of our quests. But another "2igi> of the ti^es" is t
food I kimtta The Diary hasn't recorded the i X beef iff sc rce
or til t Dutter requires 2k red points. S^ther finds it diff \ to
provide the family with the usual Sunday dinner. Consequently, public
eating places are jammed. 60, today The Faysdde Inn was . Lth
several hundred guest I sre *hat t the
Monday, April 9, 1945 *£&nt
The mm tiers in the 3c r room recalled
W days of a little old lady wl«o cane in for 'un
She mas a gently, sweet sort of a per -he
would newer harm a I." So, imagine :>\zr amesmwe r - »i ;g t
the an tiers for ■ few mounts, our demure I ±ed t "
.ers remind me of -he lest c-.r.d my at and shoot
Tuesday, April I 45 Pleasant
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ting medicinal herbs. This
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re ievi.xg human toil , tunity
for moral, mechanical, scientific mm ^eai u
Wednesday, April 11, 1945 V m
The mild, refined voice of • c: J. turned Mew En:
case over the telt Lfl aftai r
overnight guests. iOOfan g Ls naramvBr. _, e
his *ii*e wo e,
about r,ix o'clock, end %s the flostee ig
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t our son was killed in action."
Thursday, April U, 1945 Vsry Farm
Correspondence froa A'vin G * r
of the Now ! UW Sfuseusi at Ait>any, n .
Mrs Whitney found comfort through U-e . iter tenths by thoughts
-heir visit to the Ion. He riussi r AU bury an£ the ray-
tide Inn and that tovely Sertenber ! scape sever faded fro* our
aeaory through the severe » Inter weather, now, with th* advent of an
astonishingly early spring, Mrs f. are wiping it *ere
possible to again travel that way."
Friday, April 13, 1H5 very tar*
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blostoas in bud and the feather e of tiny leaves Q&xing trie lam
i-cape a beautiful bacign .t. T is ves
people froa the city have an urge to Crive cut t< ;ry end the I
for dinner* But, the gaesta were cc: us by their absence* Id
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Sunday, April 22, 1945 Very windy - Fair
Cold nights have prevented the lilacs from blooming until
today when they are in their prime. Their perfume fills the house.
In the midst of this busy day a service man appeared in the Barroom
and we recognized Gordon Randall, another graduate of the Wayside Inn
Boys School home on furlough. He has several decorations but he is
most proud of the stripes which mean 37 months in the service. Gordon
is in the Army Air Corps and most of that time was spent in the
Monday, April 23, 1945 Still Cold
Every one feels sad today as Agnes and Lena have informed
us that they are planning to leave the Wayside Inn. After so many
years of loyal service they deserve a rest and change but we will
all miss them very much. Their places will be hard to fill as no
one else could possibly have the same interest in the work or give
of themselves as unreservedly as these two faithful souls.
Tuesday, April 24., 1945 Frost
Besides the Marlboro Tuesday Club with its thirty-five
members, we had for luncheon guests today the Stow Women's Club
with fifty-four members present. This group had planned a very
interesting entertainment and after luncheon all ajourned to the
large Ball Room. To the soft strains of piano and cello, differ-
ent ladies, dressed in old-fashioned costumes, circled the Ball
Room. Each one stopped and told interesting facts about her
dress, courtsied, and continued her slow walk. One wedding gown
seventy-five years old, received loud applause. It was a lovely
blue taffeta with hoop skirt. A quaint little old lady with black
bonnet and shawl said, "All I know is it belonged to Aunt Mary."
Wednesday, April 25, 1945
A very quiet day, probably due to the inclement weather.
Two ladies, one from New Bedford, the other fro.-n Worcester met
here for lunch. During their friendly chat ftp the fire, one
mentioned the fact that she had a iovejy garden once but since
living in a hotel she missed it very much. adaired our iilacs
and was very pleased to carry some home to liven up her room.
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Thursday, April 26, 19-45 Cloudy
Mr end Mrs David J. Roche were married today in the Martha -
Mary Chapel, The simple service was conducted by a Coast Guard
Chaplain as the groom belonged to that branch of the Service. A hsad-
some young boy with a fine baritone voice, also in Coast Guard uniform,
sang "Because" just before the ringing of the bell which was the signal
for the wedding march. After the ceremony the Chaplain, like a li
boy, asked if he could ring the bell again himself. Luncheon was
served at the Inn to just the family and one or two friends.
Friday, April 27, 1945 Cool and Cloudy
Mr and Mrs Jack Haytin, Mayor of Helena, Montana, were
among the guests, today. The chauffeur, a man from the Bethlehem
Steel Company give their secret away. Mrs Haytin is going to launch
a ship named "H&Lena* tomorrow in honor of the one that sank.
Saturday, April 28, 1945
Hardly a day goes by but that some one remarks upon the
cleanliness of the Inn. It does seem as if it were looking its
best these days. The pewter glows with a new lustre, and every
bit of brass sparkles, the curtains are crisp and snowy *hite and
all the furniture has been rubbed to bring xe old pa tin- .
People notice the hooked rugs more and tonight Mrs. Bowker brought
a friend •specially to see them and get ideas. They are both
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Week of April 29 - May 5, 1945
Sunday, April 29, 1945 Rain
For the first time in quite awhile lobster was listed on
the menu. It was served broiled live and looked very attractive
oa the hot dinner plates. It was almost as popular as Roast Beef
and is were requested to have It as often as possible. In these
days of meat shortages we depend more and more upon eggs and fish,
netimes an omelette appears on the menu and usually two kinds of
fish are served each day. We appreciate the humbler things no*>
and are very glad to be able to get them.
Monday, April 30, 1945 Rain
This evening Mr Philip gave a party for one of bis
employees who was leaving him after working for a period of twenty-
five year^. He is in the Greeting Card business and the t&bles
were most attractively decorated with May ba^ketr-. Thirty-aeven
people, all employees, were present and he was much surprised by
the presentation of a cake at the end of the dinner, dressed up
with lighted candles and 25th Anniversary written in colored icing.
Mrs Purdy entertained her mother and father at a Luncheon today,
to commemorate their Fifty-fifth Wedding Anniversary.
Tuesday, May 1, 1945 Cloucly
On the upper road just opposite the Inn is an oak tree
which i? centuries old. The men have been cutting away the under
brurh so that it can be seen. They say it is older than any of
those in front of the Inn which Agassi z is known to have said were
about 1000 years old.
?'ednesday, May 2, 1945 Cloudy
Dainty assorted sandwiches and hot tea were served this
afternoon to forty- three members of the Sudbury Women's Club •
gathered here for their annual meeting. The day was cold and
cloudy, but several bright corsages added color to the occasion
and guests felt very much at home. All are Wayside Inn neighbors
and many were mothers of Wayside Inn school children.
Thursday, May 3, 1945
There are a few people in the United States who collect,
as a hobby, early automobile . Mr J B VanSciver of Philadelphia
is one such collector, and last evening, after registering as an
overnight guest, entertained us with pictures of his twenty-t
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leek of April 29 - May 5, 1945
models. A 1903 Pierce Arrow was shown and a Columbia Fringed Top
Surrey of the 1900 era. Br VanSciver has several rear entrance
cars including a 1903 Ford, 1903 Stanley steamer, 1901 T/inton,
1903 Jones Corbin, 1903 Rambler, 1899 Locomobile Steamer, Colunbia
Electric Victoria 1902, Reo 1904, DeDion 1900.
Friday, Say 4, 1945 Cloudy
A new hostess joined the staff today, Mrs Perley C White
of Claremont, Hew Hampshire. Mrs White came down to Boston to
"Grey Lady" work for the Red Cross and lias since oeen in the Diets??
at the Mass. General Hospital. She came as a guest to the Inn
several occasions and finally, after making inquiries, decided she
would like to make her home here.
Saturday, May 5, 1945 Cloudy
Sir Wilfred Greenfell, the great Laborador missionary,
was a frequent guest at the Inn during the last few months of his
life. At that time he was living in Boston with Lady Greenfell -
enjoyed coming to the Inn for afternoon tee.
roacbing, it is well to remember one sentence, written by
Sir Grenfell "Not until we can love all races, al so-call
nationalities as Christ loved th— t are we on the road to Peace
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Sunday, May 6, 1945 Cloudy
Among others coining to the Bar to pay for their dinner, two ladies
seemed to be a little more enthusiastic about everythi oestions in
a very pronounced English accent. It seems they we M Aug trail
advised by son one out there to come to the Fay side Inn. Thi~ person oen
to the Inn and had evidently :poken well of it. The ladies said they were not. at
all disappointed and were delighted that they had taken their friend's advice.
Monday, May 7, 194-5 ra
Little Peter Lippard, aged three, said when leaving, "It's nice here,
but where's the kitchen sink?" P quite satisfied when our eopper-
lir dc in the flower room.
hool teoya often come to the In;; .inner heir parent,;--. Wa
always kno* the boys from ft. Mark's by their broad pronunciations. They
really interested in the house and today, one M
out in the old kitchen, "Well, these beams accentuate the positive" all right.
The Phelps children have always bee-. teat and very 1 - od
visitor.". Now that their mother I the Inn ti r even Bore oft;
although they Live two or three Biles avsay. Chau
day sad was telling his mother that as he was walking along Duct , some-
thing fell behind him— and Mother, he added "If I had be&a three ad
myse'f it vouli have hit me."
Tuesday, May 8 f 1945 Fair and Wana
V E Day
Last night Mr. and Mrs. Mc Curdy were sitting tad talking mr
Hou«e Guests by the Bar room fireplace. During a pause in the convercati r.
McCurdy called our attention to the fire where two ^e burning in r-
fect 7. Talk of victory has been in the air lately 30 this seemed a good omen.
Peace in Europe was declared at 9*00 A.M. this
who furnished the radio, we were able to 1 zo the actual announcement by
President Truman and a 'eech from Prime
audience had gathered in the 3ar room from different parts of tfc te and a"
t it had been t a, the speeches
Banner and at 11:30 all were invi-. .. the Che}..
excercises were held. Miss Flshar played at the Organ and the Bj ore in
keeping v.ith the day.
Wednesday, Bay 9, 1945 Rain
Hiss Hersey, a resident of Boston, and now living at the ndish
Hotel, to of her early memories of the Wayside Inn. ow over eighty
but distinctly remembers her bicycle trips from Cambridge fc in the
Gay Ninties. rode over dusty, f roadr glad of
the re; raft* • haent offered at the Inn. I her bicy
inner tabes in the tires.
Thursday, *<ay 10, 194-5 Rain
Sirs. Leonard, our nev, hostess, has a little boy, Francis, Jr., I
and a half years old. Not having to go to school thd .aid
the day with us. He told Mr. Coulter h '♦Doris's little boy" and enjoyed
his visit very such > including the baby lamo*-. He vas a visitor at the Mary
Lamb -chool for the whole morning and it was an experienc he he 111
be repeated. ,ope Frcnci-- till c ;rae fee -ee w ^gain soon, as every
liked him ani he was easily entertained.
Friday, May 11, 1945 n
We had a most pleasan ri e tonight at Dancing ( .hen Bill
Cummiii ;eared unexpectedly. It tma good to -ee him after his three yea-
overseas. He i" in the Air Cor xve of. .
citation, the heart :nd two a— Amlt for outstanding flying. Mr-
was | the way he uanced that he asked Bill to re
all mi t * erfect dancing". The couple received loud
use vrhen the music stopped. "?.e are hoping Bill can be -t in
any event, he and I tner of the waltz, are to be marr.
Saturday, ?<ay 12, 1945 Re,
Two young ladies: "T&iat ir. this room?"
Hor "The old bell room".
thereupon the young ladier exclaimed in mil. where ette
danced?" And they begm twirling themselves around the room, to be
dancing on the same floor that the great General b on.
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Sunday, May 13, 1945 Rain
Mother's day 1 very cloudy --and cold -but the cheery fire t ;
had been started earlier in the moral] so comforting. r. and Mrs. Piei
our Guests were very qui j njoying the Sun- 1 ly papei nd the Hot as
busy putting the day's work in order. Two young . leutenanta and their wlv
were sitting on the settle and before we knew it, marshmallon
on the ends of fork-shaped branches. Our guests starts rrive by t
o'clock noon and each group, I am sure, had one and two Mothers to be dined and
entertained on this special occasion. Flowery hats and lovely corsages br |
the day and Mother's Day ended at the Inn.
Monday, May 14, 1945 Cloudy
The Acton Garden Club descended on us for lunch, after a pilgrimage to
Mr. Curtis 's lovely wild-flower garden. The delicious puncheon at the Wayside
Inn added to the eventful day.
Tuesday, May 15, 1945 Fair
A beautiful day, windy and fair. Distinguished guests for Luncheon
included the members of the Maiden Red Cross Motor Corps. The sixteen guests were
taken on a tour of the House and were most interested and appreciative.
Wednesday, May 16, 1945 Rain
You, no doubt,, have heard of the painter who painted hims into
a corner and couldn't get out! Another to this litt ... about this
evening. The Old Dining Room floor had just been freshly painted, but guest-
served on the porch as usual. A group of geni -ion Growers were having
dinner there in late afternnon which soon changed to night -the porch light
L _ch could be reached only by crossing the y paj Lning room floor,
what to do? Miss Staples finally came to the rescue with the idea of . ..-'
over which she lightly tripped to the switch and light ^ain on the porch!
Thursday, May 17, 1945 Cloudy
We have discovered a Mother Robin nesting in the shrubbery outsi
bay window of the old dining-room. She is so trusting and confident. We certainly
her neighborliness. Mother Robin is o near that we can look her squ-
in the eye. Wonder what she thinks!
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Friday, May 13, 19-45
The y dancing class was honored to-night by the presence of
Stexgent Gerald Wood, paratrooper, who has returned to this country after -
arduous campaign in Europe. Sgt. Wood was shot down, escaped from his plane
and landed in the Rhine river behind German lines. His adventures from then
on read like a story book. Sgt. Wood is a Sudbury man and a Wayside Inn Boy's
Saturday, May 19, 19A5
Distinguished guests for to-day included Dr. and Mrs. Napier of
London and their guest Dr. Rau of Bengal, India. Major General Goodman had
dinner v;ith a guest and caused a little excitement amongst the service
who were dining, and one by one they came over to the Bar to quietly r
-) is the Major General in the Dining room.? Tomorrow, Sunday May 20th is
"I Am An American Day" I wonder what great event wil j then.''
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Sunday, May 20, 1945 Fa i r and Lovely
I AM AN AMERICAN DAY
Not only the sun, but babies came to visit us today via baskets, arms
and little feet and so well-behaved. The Front door was invitingly opened as
the day was the first sunny day we had had in quite a while. The Dinner was, as
usual, delicious, and guests repeatedly cane up to the Hostesses to co- * nt
Monday, May 21, 1945 Sunny
Another of the very few sunny days we have had this month. We appreciate
it very much, and even 'Jim' our old white horse is kicking up his heels over in the
meadow and swishing his tail out of pure joy at being released from his dark winter
quarters. Mrs. Whiting from the Cambridge School brought her group of seventh
graders and they, too, enjoyed the sunshine and freedom of the country, but quieted
down to come in and see the house and later to have their lunch.
Tuesday, May 22, 1945 Fair and Warm
A May 19th issue of the Boston Globe arrived by mail today and on the front
page is the name Bill Cash signed to an article about Sgt. Jerry Wood. Bill is a
Wayside Inn Boy School graduate and has appeared many times in the Diary as he has
progressed in his newspaper career. We are very proud of his latest achievement.
Jerry Wood is also a Wayside Inn Boy School graduate and was written up in a recent
Diary as the boy who dropped by parachute into the middle of the Rhine. His exploits
won ftim the title of "Evader" and a sixty-day furlough. These two boys are among
the finest the school has produced.
Wednesday, May 23, 1945 High Winds
Forget-me-nots graced our tables today., the only flower that could be found.
In spite of a springlike March which forced a great many blossoms ahead of time, we now
have a late spring due to the cold and sunless May. And "very cold" is the prediction
for tonight. The war came very close to us last evening when the Chief of Police came
in and informed two house guests Mr. and Mrs. Lord, that their son had been killed in
action. There is little one can do or say at such a time to lessen such grief. Life
has to go on just the same and a merry party of employees from Grover Cronin's store in
Waltham were entertained until late in the evening.
Thursday, May 24, 1945 Sunny
The medical profession is very well represented among our visitors, and the
Doctors and Nurses are most enthusiastic and interested in the house. One Doctor, on
his way back to California, said he had to have one more trip to the Wayside Inn before
he left as this was one of his favorite places. Tonight four army nurses came to
dinner. They were all officers. Major Aikens ' jut.Col Taylor - Capt.McKimin and
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Friday, May 25, ^945 fair
So many inquiries come to us froin our jiusts "What is t:
flowering tr.0; at the right of the Inn doorway;" Mr. Davio, r,
informs us that the trej is "An English Hawntorne Tree". The grass is a lov 3
bright healthy co^or and th? boys io a ^ov?_y o ob in | Lng it trimmed and cut.
Saturday, May 26, 19A5 Cl.o 3
Mrs. Edith Hutchinson Carpenter was a Luncheon guest this noon. She is
the daughter of James A. Hutchinson, a partner of Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Mrs. Hutchinson waBted to see a poster at our Country Stor. vith her father's
picture on it. It was found hanging on th . Her father was instrument-.
in getting Jumbo. Jumbo^the largest elephant in captivity. Jumbo was Killed by
a train, trying to save her own baby exe^hant from being run over. Mrs. Hutchinson
Carpenter has one of the three pieces of ivory taken from the elephant's tusks.
MISSING MAY 27, 1945-JUNE 9, 1945
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Sunday, June 10, 194-5 Cloudy
"Sunday at the Wayside Inn" is the enjoyable way to spend
a day - as the personnel of the Inn knows t Mr. Sabin, an elderly
gentleman whispered "My mother and father spent their honeymoon
here", and Mr and Mrs Walker enjoyed their tenth wedding anniverr
The little lambs across the way, received their full share of
attention and "baa-ed" contentedly.
Monday, June 11, 1945 Cloudy with showers
The weather might be April with its daily round of clouds,
sunshine, and intermittent showers. A terrific storm hit us at
th© six o* clock dinner hour. A party of ministers and their wires
arrived from Boston at the height of the downpour. Dampened but not
daunted, they were in excellent spirits at theprospect of enjoying
Wayside hospitality. Invitations are out for the wedding of Lieut.
Allan Durgln and Mies Shirley Hartwell, who are to be married at
Martha Mary Chapel on Sunday,. June 24th. Lt. Durgin is a Wayside
graduate and has lately returned froa active combat with the Air
Corps in Italy.
Tuesday, June 12, 1945 Ve
A beautifully decorated Ballroom greeted guests who arrived
at the annual Wayside Inn Boys School Commencement Ball. earners
of red, white and blue and skillfully wrought lettering nade for a
most interesting effect. Mr. Haynes the genial dancing Master,
congratulated the committee in charge and called for its members to
take a bow.
Wednesday, June 13, 1945 Very Warm
The Boys School Banquet - Over 200 boys, teachers, rela-
tives and friends partook of the Annual Banquet sponsored by the
Boys School. A distinguished guest for Luncheon today was v.
Mr. Fraxier of Providence. Mr. Fraaier is one of the "Praters"
who come annually to the Wayside Inn for a retreat in January.
Thursday, June 14? 1945 Verj r , very, warm
Graduation exercises st Chapel. e chapel was well filled
with relatives and friends of Wayside School ar.d its gr&duatet
1945- Ch-rles Richard Webb ael Tresco received their certif-
icates as did six other graduates "in absentia".
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Friday, June 15, 1945 Very Baft
Today has had a cosmopolitan flavor in a way. ^as
Burchell and Doran from Surrey and Cornwall, England. Wrens
Peggy Wingate and Janet Wevely from Ottawa, Canada, Charles E»
Estes from Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey, and $en Lan Pao is
the wife of a dentist who is practicing in the raid-west. Sn-3
T.il teach Chinese at an Army base in Colorado '"or the summer.
Mae. Lan Pao, a striking figure in her native dress, made a
delightful tour of Wayside - exclaiming over M r that' with
Saturday, June 16, 194-5 Cloudy
a little story w&s related to us today about a Revet
*el]}. A long tide ago, Bev. Sells wa. rift by a Mr Paine to
come to Saltham and take charge of a certain church. One
inducements offered, was that a coach driven by two hor. 9ttld
be at the Reverend's comraana, so that he could drive to the Way-
side Inn whenever he desired. Mr ana Mrs Bowker arrived, just
laden with roses^and the Inn was transformed.
WAXSIDE im LIAAl
Week of June 17 to June 23
Sunday, June 17, 1945
About two hundred neT; »i ed to our Que
Regi t^r today. The I leaf m ook at ai to
fc« One gentlem- ^s bill en
cbl -e the Beef, *0h, no" : . , ""but vse
>ar Dii -i." "Well f " our
,, "I c funni. other
it v>as printed — •Mary h.<d a little lamb a I *5 ad one too."
Monday, June 18, 1945 Hot
Mrs. Phelps hae ited ue v.ith an interesting old
of Pudbury. In it ar-' the old in :er
Gar aouse which in the fo\ There is alro a
key h one aay locate the Wayside Inn.
Tuesday, June 19, 1945 Very Hot
'rs. L, .la, m • Way-
side Inn today. Mr. Fennel, v.
American Aii*vrays, has n.
er of Wai
tguiahec at ?/a;
the • of th
, June V + 5 In
A of 38 you
of che BeJ re risi
After Luncheon they Bade a tour of th e. A
of the party, who had brought her
Thursday, June . 45
it war a Chinese Lock of
. on the b r
it. .ally i
- like ev. ;g else Chinese-backyards,
knew the ■ ilea" corabin I
him at th .rols.
W.JFIEE IHH DIARX
Friday, June 22, 194-5 lr
Hr. ■ i. John
fo-' al day i, left for I :. the -ak
ng. B -n excite
ni / wait to be on their way. Reason: Lt.
John Rich, Jr. had arrived Thursday on the "Queen Mary", ax
Saturday, June 23, 194-5
wi' 6 wi:h to ee to do
both. Among the i
Mrs. Arnold bad *?
to take her
trips are such el lie ir«
joy ou . ties as y
ngfellow's "Tales of -de Inn", wo i bed
Ole Bull's Concert programs. T am a grc
01? Bull for my hu 's grandfather fas ' Li's ace .•.*
This from rown of St. Louis, Mo. i?ho i i a to tell of a c
at during one o,
Balaei t. It
Anyone w ?rhat a ^1
so grateful tc
•/iolin . med one of thea
the lovely B :'., "Ad <«. At the c
excited an 3*s such a lump in aiy throac! I can't help it
dering if this is the violin that grandfather Knew .oved."
Sunday, June H, 1945 Fair-Varm
Lt. Allen Durgin, USAAF, just returned from 2 years of
service in Italy, was married today at the Marth-M&i el to
;iirley Harwell in.
Allen, who has bean m recently, gr
m Boys' c cho to
the last detail, and is the first of *ou I* to be married
in the Chapel. It setraed quite ar:
the candles and arr flowers bluo and yelior and white
just before the bri Rever 'Iborc
uay before graduating the school.
the Alter, *0h Perfect Love" was sting very 3of tiy b; Belen
Later in the Old Ball che In:.. / friends
gathered to greet the bride and groom. A simple bouffet tea l
ved and then showers of confetcd, the
All ey, standing in the ay of the Chap? .he
add to our amazement, rce think Allen I .hy
to be his wife.
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leek of June 24 to June 30
Sunday, June 24, 1945 Pleas wit
Amateur photographers be** been very busy all afternoon,
photographing the Inn, the lambs, and groups o ne guests
were joyiul and arrived in small and 1 rge groups. The Sunc er
arrangements were, as usual, daintily arrat; . aouse
very neat ani gay,
Monday, June 25, 1 Cloudy
ur writer had, an interview th interest, r.hen
correspondent Royal Arch Gunnison came to Way:- i as a
Monday night. His thrilling account of -Life as a prisoner of t
Japs in Mani s anxiety about his '> o was
him an. -i to Java, hlji associations reneral McArthur in. "=-
Manila in 1941, and was also the man at the •■ijce* on the libera-
tion broadcast in February 1945. Mr. Gunnison has written a bo a
"So Sorry, No Peace", and is vacationing in the last after having
;-r8d the San Francisco Conference.
Tuesday, June 26, 1945 Windy
A hurricane is threatening. Very stroc iaah the
tree? and bow the sh: ^ . Mr. H. A. Pice of the U. ".
Secret Service, Boston Office, and Ire* Fice v are at ihe 1
to spend their thirtieth . miversary. ': , ice is a
aeon 1 Rice, one of the first -et tiers of Pud-
bury. Mr. Rice gave us an Interesting interview on che tork
Secret "ervice, asociation v.ibl. ; y*
for vdiic} rote the script. This film national, and had
been responsible in party for a 97* drop in count in a
little over five years.
lesday, June 27, 1945 :dy
A modern version of "Uncle Sen" in the fie ith
us Wednesday night. Lt. Krueger of Quonset Point, ft. I. ow
through ew orway and tele? f over the bur to ask if
we without footboards. that tl £
*01e 3ull" had such a che Lieutenant a
to it. Lt. of the
to be curious, we asked him how tall he was. 8ix feet five and one
half in h c.
Thursday, June 28, 1945 Beautiful Day
Prof. Auer, of Harvaro. University, a dist ted
dinner guest on Thursday. s from Holland,
the party enjoyed the ho: z.ty of Wayside Inn to the- it.
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Week of June 2U to June 30
Friday, June 29, 194-5 Very Hot
Today we .ad to welcome again, Miss Hary Earlc
er. 11*8 Gould is ihority on Early American wooden ware,
and has written a book thus titled. A copy of thi3 book
Inn Library, nd we find it one of the 210 st informative xis oa
3atnr£ay« June 30, 194-5
Mr. Kornfel ::is twenty-seven club me.. were guests
at dinner. The Minutes v/ere reed, and iittl were
' WAISIDE IHN DIARI
Week of July 1 to July 7
Sunday. July 1. 1945 Item
Another busy Sunday! Over 300 guests were served and the
beautiful weather brought many sightseers as well. Mr, Peppejohn
and his party of 14 thoroughly enjoyed both dinner and sightseeing.
They spent practieally the whole day here, in and out of the house.
He is a frequent visitor and knows the antiques and their history,
and at intervals through the day coul.. bo -een explaining ti& corn
shell er or the clock spit to a group of admiring Peppe Johns—— big
Monday. July 2. 1945 very Hot
One hundred and twenty-five associates of* the Equitable
Life Insurance Company of 3oston, at down to a bounteous dinner at
Wayside Inn this evening. Afterward?, square dancing was enjoyed in
the Ballroom, with dancing master Haynes, in charge. All reported
a delightful tine*
Tuesday. July 3. 1945 Hot
Early this morning one of the old coaches was brought
out and inspected in preparation for its eritry in the Fourth of
July parade at Sudbury. Four ladies in contuses of Colonial Gays
will ride in the coach, and lilr. Arthur Babeock, also in costume,
will drive the nice pair of bays.
Eddie Thompkins, uVS.N, and a Wayside Inn Boys 1 School
graduate, was here today to say "hello", and to renew old acquain-
Wednesday. July 4. 1945 Perfect Day
The glorious Fourth has dawned fair and bright. Many
guests are registered and Wayside Inn bears an air of festivity.
A nice menu with roast beef and broilers tempts the appetite—-
we were going to say— -of oven the most jaded, but nobody has a
Jaded appetite these days.
Towards mid-afternoon an air of expectancy pervades the
place. Something seems about to happen! All at once the grounds
are full of people. They file out of the Inn; pour out of cars.
A man with a camera dashes up to the best vantage point at the Inn
door-way. Aht here they are! This is what we*ve been waiting for.
The stage coach comes rolling up the urive, m tantly
we are transported back a century and rj re. everything seems so
natural and fitting. The smooth dirt road, the majestic olu trees,
the lovely green lawns, the coach moving through the perfect setting
to the old, old Inn itself.
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Week of July 1 to July 7
July 4. 1945 Continued
five Colonial dame* gowned in colorful costumes of the
period, emerge from the ancient vehicle as toe door is opened*
Looking closer, however, tre realize that this is 1945 after all,
and that the gracious ladies, who were passengers in the coach,
are none other than mesdamesj Purdy, Sturtevant, Bo wen, Raym-. nd,
We should like to mention in passing that this group
won secona prise in toe Sudbury parade, aead that the Wayside Inn
Boys* School float received first honors*
Thursday. July 5^- 1.945 Fair and Warm
Luncheon guest-- today included a group of wives of well
known men. Mrs* Leonard, hostess to a party of four, is the wife
of the head of the Pepperell Mills* Mrs* Gossett, who*e husband
heads the Gossett rayon mills in Charlotte, N. C* bought many many
postcards of the lovely Inn scenes. This party also included Mrs.
Max Gardner of R* C, and Mrs* Walter George of Washington, D. C.
whose husband is Senator George*
Friday* July 6. 1945 Nice Summer Day
Mrs* Barbara Dobson of California, was a luncheon guest
today* Later, as we wsndered through the Inn *on tour*, Mrs* Dobson
gave us an interesting Washington incident connected with her own
family* It seems that when Cornwallis surrendered at Jorktown, Mrs.
Dobson* s great, great grandfather, Major General Benjamin Lincoln
was delegated to receive the Britisher *s sword. Although General
Washington was present at the ceremony, military ethics prevented
him from accepting Cornwallis* sword because of his superior rank*
Saturday. July 7, 1945 Warm
After much uncertainty as to the arrival of the bridegroom,
the date of VX»§ Black* s wedding «aa finally scheduled to take place
today in the ltartha-«ary Chapel* P.F.C* Donald L. Gushing arrived
from England on the Queen Stary just a few days ago. Upon seeing the
Chapel, he said he thought it had been built just for his wedding-
it just suited him. The ceremony was a simple on* and over 70 guests
had tea afterwards in the large dining room at the Inn. The day
was so lovely, the bride and groom received their friends on the
lawn beside the Inn— -a lovely setting for the weduing party and
many photographers took advantage of it.
WAISHE IMS DIARX
Week of July 3 to July 14
Sunday. July 8. 1945 Fair
The register shoved today among other in tares ting sig-
natures, the names of Lt. Col* Rebous seau, Lt. J. Bared and Andre
P. Moupain, all from Paris, France. "And it w~n't be long* said
a visitor, "before people will be signing from Bombay and the Far
Carolyn Jobes, aged twelve, asked today if she could be
Of any assistance to us—so, while mother and daddy and grandmother
went out to see the garden, Carolyn "helped" us at the Bar. She
is a very quiet, lovely child and no bother at all and was very
reluctant to go home*
Monday. July 9. 1945 farm
We had the pleasure this evening of meeting Lt. John S.
Rich, Jr., the young officer about whom we wrote a week or so ago.
Lt. Rich's parents, una are of his return so soon, were combining
a business and pleasure trip in this neighborhood, making Wayside
Inn their headquarters. When the call came from Lt* Rich, who had
returned on the Queen Mary, Mr. end Mrs. Rich Sr» dropped every-
thing to get back to Connecticut as soon as possible. Tonight,
Mr* Rich has returned to resume his business negotiations.
Tuesday. July 10. 1945 Cool
Mr* and Mrs. Albert Harthan of Lynn, have come for sev-
eral day's st&y* The Harthan* s iove Wayside Inn and come here at
every opportunity. They spent their honeymoon here five years ago,
and have come for every possible anniversary since* This little
outing, however, is in the nature of a farewell, for Mr. Harthan
will enter the armed forces in a few days.
Wednesday. July 11. 1945 Warm
The red barn across the road from the Inn, is getting a
new ■bonnet" although the carpenters say it's just a shingling job.
Very becoming, we'd say.
Thursday. July 12, \%$ Warmer
A very nice and somewhat touching incident came to our
attention today. Two ladies, one "his" mother and the "his* wife,
came to the bar to order luncheon. They informed us that they were
celebrating •his" birthday, an. had chosen Wayside Inn as the proper
place. Later, they wrote a "company" letter to "him", in which they
mentioned the interesting things they had ^&en and the nice luncheon
they had enjoyed. They posted in our mail box the loving and newsy
letter to Lt. Hall, who is somewhere in the Southwest Pacific.
waisibe inn Diiar
Week of July 8 to July 14
Friday. July 13. 1945 Fair
We think Friday consistently, week in and week out*
is the most difficult day about which to write. We do^t know
why this is so but there just never seeas to be any news on that
day. Friday almost always sees a pick-up in reservations in pre-
paration for Sunday and the weekend, and this Friday is no ex-
ception to that rule. Oh, yes, this particular day is Friday,
the 13th» As somebody has said, *Nc news is good news,*
Saturday, July 14* 1945 Very Warm
Two people who are working on unusual and worthwhile
projects are Mr* and Mrs. Llewllyn Jones of Cambridge, who had
luncheon here today. Mr. Jones is working on a translation from
the Danish, of the lives of Scandinavian patriots. His book in-
volves considerable research an" will have a definite value in
post war planning as related to ci*afts and industries.
Mrs. Jones is a student of the Japanese language, and
has collaborated tdth others in assembling material for a text
book for governmental use. Mrs. Jones speaks Japanese fluently,
and to hear her describe the old kitchen in Japanese is quite an
Week of July 15 to 22
Sunday. July 15 Rein
Quite a few Chinese people visit the Inn and sometimes the
women come in their native dress. It is so picturesque end seems to
suit them so well. The sen always wear American dress thereby losing
some of their individuality* Today Mr. S. Hi Han of Shensi, China,
came to dinner with a guide from Boston. A man of great personal
charm and we could not help but wish that Mr* Han had worn the dress
of bis own country- He is connected with the mar East Department of
the Metropolitan Museum in New lark, and deals with things thousands
of years old* Still, he was very much interested in our "young* an-
tiques, especially the pipe tongs and the tinder box which they still
use in China.
Monday. July 16 Rainy
Br. Kenneth warren and Mrs. Warren of Newton were dinner guests
tonight. Br* Warren is at present on the staff at the Leahy clinic in
Boston, but was previously for a number of years in a similar capacity
at the Ford Hospital in Detroit* Dr. Warren remembered, and inquired for
one of our former associates, Emma Modjeska, who was a patient for a
time at the Ford Hospital.
Tuesday. July 17 Rain
Twenty seven members of the "Two Center" community camp in
Newton, called on us this afternoon. They were girls ranging in age
from ten to fourteen years. Two camp counselors who knew the story
of Wayside Inn from start to finish, were in charge of this quiet, well
behaved group of youngsters.
From Cashing General Hospital at Framinghera came six members
of the W.A.C. who ^ere our visitors today. The young momen r.ere con-
ducted on a tour through the Inn, and were interested enough to ask
Wednesday. July IS Cloudy
Twenty-five of the ladies who live at the 3allou Home for
Aged in Woonsocket, R. I. were luncheon guests today. Ranging in age
from fifty to ninety— four years, they amused themselves variously,
according to their strength and inclination. Some chose to take the
tour about the house and grounds, while others were content to sit
about and chat. As a tribute to the very oldest member of the group,
aged ninety-four years, one of the other ladies said that she was,
"smarter, than all the rest put together." The ladies attend Dr.
Ellenwoods's church in Pa* tucket frequently, and they were much in-
terested to learn that Wayside Inn is the spot where the "Praters"
have their annual retreat in January.
Week of July 15 to 22
Thursday. July 19 Shower*
Mrs. Sarah A. Brink of River Forest, Illinois was & lun-
cheon guest today. The Hessian andirons interested her, and she
recalled a favorite expression of her grandmother's, *He»s as bed
as a Hessian**
Major and Mrs. Anderson of Belmont, entertained at lun-
cheon for ten guests t#day. Mrs, inderson is a member of the U. S.
Marine Corps. Auxiliary.
Friday. Jul? 20 Thunder Showers
Corn meal is being ground at the old mill again, and to-
day marked the first day of its sale. Mrs. Purdy was the first
customer. She purchased a five pound bag of corn meal. Whole
wheat is also ready to be sifted for flour.
Dinner was served this evening to a group of Harvard Pro-
fessors who had for their guests of honor, Col» Stot* and Com. Mun-
dorff, both identified with the officer training course in Electronics
and Radar. For a few interesting "group statistics* there were pre-
sent eighty Harvard professors and Army and Navy officers. Their
native stat.es Included Georgia, Texas, Wyoming, Wisconsin, North
Carolina, Louisiana, Rhode Island asid Maine. There vrere also two
from China and one from Sweden. Square dancing was enjoyed after the
Saturday. July 21 Showers
George Pearson, poet, and Gray Line Guide came to see us
this evening. We talked about old times when he used to come on
the busses bringing hundreds of people to see the house and have
luncheon almost every day, George now drives a horse through the
streets of Boston. He still tells his funny stories and historical
anecdotes to smaller, but just as interested, groups of people.
We are planning to take the trip ourselves scon to catch up on our
Week of July 22 to 29, 1945
Sunday. July 22 Fair and Cool
Joe Beffernan, Wayside Inn Boys School graduate, on a thirty
day furlough, came to see us today. He seemed nervous .snd restless
like all the boys who come bac spoke feelingly of •his buddie* *
who weren't as lucry as he was. Just before entering the service,
Joe fa rfc • a class in old fashioned di Me in
Maine and hopes to bring febeee boys awl girl? here to =ee the Inn
Monday. July 23 Pleasant
Mr. and rfrs. Peter C-aamartino of East Ruth , New Jersey
were overnight guests recently. All our rooms were takes but they
seemed so anxious to stay that we gave them the Parson's room with
its canopied bed. Mr. Pammartino is President of a college and war
to bring some of his rtadesti to the Inn in the fall. acinar t
got o*:t cards to si ^.-ped writing to exci^ir,
■Why, there oerds were printed by rome neighbors of ours in Z
lerford, New Jersey. *
Tuesday, July 2L I IBM
Perhaps this is as good a fciai any to mention the wai-
tresses, old and new. They are a very impc I the house-
hold and people re: .oout each one now m in
their new uniforms they have looked exceptionally well. Although
sorse of the "extras* are quite young and inexperienced, they .
learning fast under Mrs. Kingman's able direc
Wednesday, July 25 Pleasant
Coming across the c ntiuent from California for the
l since 1916, Louis Knott Soemt* arrived el the Inn on a r. .
evening quite unexpected yj unexpeetc c us as well as for him-
self. Professor of Colonial History at the Univer ity of California,
Br« Koontz had, of course, hear l she Wayside Inn. But he
never visited it. Too, onts's vrife, Ruth 3ei: tz, is a
descendant of the Howes. This evening while riding in a bus, a feliisw
passenger remarked to ' : . ontz that the bus was about to Lhe
Wayside Inn. ttr« Koontz signaled the driver. "Let M ott here J" he
called. The resu.t ai a rare treat for us; en tor Wining thi.
tinguished guest who has majored in Colonial History all his life
and who is en authority on George Washington. Washington items in
the Inn were of special interest; che cheek made out to Joseph Gal -
oway by G. Washington, &he Cincinnati Society membership certificate
signed by its first President, a railitary order written at the time
of the Revoluti ri a very fine portrait of "The r of this
Week of July 22-29, 1945
Thursda . July 26 Pleasant
Another Wayside school boy just back from oversea? waa a
recent visitor renewing old friendships and associati ns. He was
Sherwoou Elder of the Navy, Elder flew across country from Cali-
fornia, and reported a ship-to^ship greeting with a Wayside school
mate, Caraino Longhi. Flder, on ; : p "Wai -
ened to catch the eye of longhi as their shins passe -vmere in
Friday. July 27 Vera
Rev. William km Knight of FraaingluuB Center took tiate out
froa his editorial writing today to have lunch at the Inn with his
wife, 'laughter and son-in-law. "But, I smsb hurry hone to tell the
World what I think of the British eleetio* and the defeat, of Church-
ill, * he raid laughingly as he sti country
braised beef. saving, Mr. Knight playfully licked his eho
as he spoke of the beef and said he would remember it for a long time
to coae. i'hen he quoted another author -who once remarket ab.vut a
never-to-be-forgotten mmli "Fifty years have *©a« or r aster than
the smell of that gravy!"
Saturday. July 28 Fair
A Mrs. Welch of Fraainghaa came to lunch today and bold us
she was very familiar with the Inn. When Mr, Lemon's brother was ill
here, -he would drive Kw every day from Framing}'' am to nurse hi .
She loved to come and never could get here fast enough; she drove
with horse and buggy. When people cerae to ree the house, rhe
take off her apron and show thea around.
Week of July 29 to August 5
Sunday. July 29 Pleas: I L
Hr. and r !rs. George E. "Wardrobe arrived today for a week's
stay. This couple with the unusual name live in Bedford. Br* Ward-
robe keeps a store in Lexington rad his v.iPe has one in Hemerviile.
She is recuperating from an illness and came to the Inn for a breath
of country air and a rest from business worrit
Monday. July 30 Fair and Cool
All our rooms are taken tonight; on unusual occurence on a
Mondayl A family from Philadelphia has taken four rooms, ftao ladies
from Hartford, Conn., en their way home from visiting .1st 'a
colony at Goose Rocks, Maine, are finding pictures to .-aint ».t the
Mill, in the garden and the Inn itself. All these, from almost any
angle, are appealing* Three men, "'essr^. Brown, Pish and Taylor
from New lork City, arrived quite unexpectedly) but we made room for
them and they seemed perfectly satisfied v.ith the Parson's Room and
Tuesday, July 31 Pleasant
This morning we woke up to a world blanketed in heavy fog,
much to the disappointment of our travelers. During the a ever,
it cleared, the sun came out and our guests departed one by one.
A letter fro;-. It. Allen 'urgin, mar t the
Chapel, informs us he is to stay for awhile rid**
training gunners and flying an armor plated bomber to be shot at ;\ith
plastic bullets! He uer^rves this respite after Is many missions
flora over Germany v/here he miraculously escaped the innumerable
real bullets that came his way.
Wednesday. August 1 Partly Cloudy
In Summer ■shorts" and sweater, everend Howard M. Lowell,
nou?e t^ueat, started of: for a m rning of book vrcitiag. He chose
a pretty spot near the Mill; a restiv overlo d
the Mill ].>ond. One by o _o the ground ana t* v .e
writing materials lay untouched. Reverend Lowell was fast aslee .
Near noon, slight noises disturbed him. He awoke to find f
surrounded by sheep, nibbling on busi:ec rad I and almost nibbling
on himl "Quite an unusual experience," .* r« LoweZl as he Ira
ingly described this unique pastoral scene.
Week of July 29 to August 5
Thursday. August 2 Pleasant
A daintily trimmed Birthday cake van placed bet ouag
man who pat on the porch t' ■ ning, dining with three fri :
The glow of candles lighted up th . youth's dark and pal* c Lon
he exclaimed over the colorful frosting and neatly written wordy,
"Happy Birthday, Bill.* Bill KM in khaki tad ti» ire
than just a sentimental gesture in honor of his bir It was an
expression of appreciation for his courage tatA enduran;.
of gratitude and thankfulness fo> return after 20 months
in a Prison camp.
Friday. August 3 Pleasant
J. Wiley Brewster of Newcastle., tin of
one of the deseendents .lam Bfl '■c-Guffey.
M. G. Prevo makes waffles in an old iro the one in
our kitchen* Prefers them to waffles made in a raodera
Krs. True, now eighty-one, first visited the Inn when six-
teen years old.
Saturday. Auiaist A Pleasant
It is hardly necessary to explain why the hostesses have to
be good listener?, not only part of the ti-r.e, but all L r »rou
In the Winter, open fires with their aatttta anrl eheav i.-vite intlatata
conversations. r ^mraertiae affords those who work in offices I
factories a chance to get away from routine and relax. And, we find
these Summer v.e Zionists want to talk; they are usually eeaki an
attentive earl "truige as it may seem, most of them want to ta" 1
about their every day work back h. mel Tonight, the problems of the
owner of a small dry goada store were discussed aa .erday we
learned how to publish a short book I
leek of August 5 to 12
Sunday. August 5 Clear and Cool
A romance started here at the Inn on Thanksgiving Day 1933.
The still sentimental couple of middle age spent the night here recently
and told us how the meeting took place in the Barroom. Mr, Chamberlain's
■Camera Impressions of the Wayside Inn" in which was written a poem com-
posed by the groom commemorating the occasion. He had even marked ' ith
an arrow the picture of the very settle where she sat when they were
introduce.! before going in to dinner. In great glee as they left the
next day, they ?aid they had carved their initial. ■ ■:. of a
bench over by the barn.
Monday, August 6 Rain
Vegetable plates lsere served today to a family of Seventh Day
Adv&ntirtr,. Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Binrbier, 'nissionarie-r is , and
their two small children have just returned on the Grip holm from a
Japanese internment camp. The three long y.-.urs of suffering showed on
the faces of all except the baby born in the t mxg
to realize the horrors they had endur
Tuesday t August 7 Pleaj:
Look around the Inn on a Summer day such as this ana here ycu
will see a nice little family from Michigan; a gh °chool
age vitfa Mot .>.. r.ci. Over in the Parlor another fami-.y of Urger
size, four tiny tots, hand in ers. And basking in
the sun on the front porch is a de ; -r ola ady, Grandmother so and so
from way out West. les, fclu • the Suemer ays v;hen sightseers
hold sway at the Inn and enjoy it — far more, perhaps, than native New
Englanders who are inclined to take their historic buildings for
granted. Sight -eers have not been very i^t three
summers, but this year with the European ■ ar ver and *ith ?-J day
just around the corner, quite a few sore have ventured forth on vaca-
tion trips. Today was almost a typical re-war Summer day ?vith a camp
group of about 25 yoi^ •• arriving for an eat -aing visit.
Wednesday, August 8 Pleasant
A young man, who appeared to b- itic? i a *o:*e
the army insignia of a Colonel, vas a dinner guest this evening. Sele.
if ever, have yowng a person
and couldn't help res. ut it. But the Colon.?. i wouldn't ta k.
He was in Normandy on V-E day and then ■ : "When you are out
where tilings happen, you are apt to come u; by fast."
Week of August 5 to 12, 1945
Wedneaday , August 3 continued
Another young man in hi? i t this time of the church,
was a recent gue-t. fie v;as Rev. William Graham, Executive Secretary v 1
of Touth for Christ, International on his T«ay to England, I ranee, G
many and the i.navian countries.
Thursday, Au^u t 9 Very Pleasant
Our old salt dish in the Kitchen doe?n*t receive much attention.
Host visitors don*t kno* Uuti the plain little wooden bo^l held salt and
that it osition on the family table tv curies ago was an important,
one. Tradition has it that people WNTi .ly table either
icbove or below the "salt," according to their particular standing in
i*c e. Guests always sat above the "salt." Naughty boys and
servants sat belo-,. the "salt." fie said that bl dish was
used in King Arthur's tirae. Hence the "round table." Kin; .:r's
knights were all of the sane rank. How c uld they ;e seated above or
below the -a t?
Friday. August 10 Very Pleasant
Bringing a bit .sore excitement to an already excit y *as
a distinguished Luncheon , Mr. C. Bianchi, Portuguese Ambassador
to the United States. During lun. fir. Bianchi — or should we say
His Excel ency, Mr. Bianchi— talked by phone -filth ids ft i ff in
•n confirming the report that J o&ed the am
Ultimatum. And the our.iing quftstloa uppermost in Lnds of a
came to the Inn today was finally asked by the / himself as
he wrote his name and the date in our speciul Guest Regis tf r
August 10, 1945
Saturday. August 11 Fair and Warm
V-J Day has not :irrived yet but tne air- is full I ectancy.
People are noticecoiy happier t far off. h
art Johnson, just retu oa two years in Iceland and one year in
Europe, seemed especially e.tated anu glad to be hone. He just stood
nd gaxed around the Barroom c md finally burst out, "Gee, this is is -
derfull" Robert, a graduate of the Boys 1 School, has been discharged
from the Army and is looking for a job. He is one of the six boys
*ho enlisted before Pearl Harbor and .Lous to ret tie down to a
Week of August 12 to 19,1^
Sunday. August 12 Very hot
Fire ministers were >voBt appreciative guests of the Inn
today. They were full of enthusiasm and could hardly believe in
the hospitality extended to them* One was Rev* Has 1 * ins of
Worth Attleboro, a tfciversalist, and therefore well acquainted
with most of the Fraters. The Institute of Pastoral Care, where
these ministers have been studying hard for six weeks, has $vtat
been brought to a close at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Monday, August 13 Still warm
An overnight guesrt, Mrs. Bannenhower, before leaving this
morning, stopped a moment to talk about the town where she livei.
Haddonfield, New Jersey, It was settled in 1713 and part of the
house is still standing in which Elizabeth Haddon lived.
Mrs* Dannenhower's daughter was called upon to show the picture
which she carried of herself and a young sailor, Bob Rhodes.
This young man is the eighth descendant of Iboaeser Hopkins, uhe
nephew whom Elizabeth adopted. Perhaps, like Elisabeth Hadcon a
John Estaugh, this modern girl *md boy may rind happiness together,
as, quoting from Longfellow's Elizabeth
"World wide apart, and yet skin}
As showing that the human heart
Beats on forever as of old,"
Tuesday, August XL Very pleasant
Suspense filled every nook and corner of this old Inn to-
day as guests and Inn family awaited news of the Japanese surrender.
Would the official word come— end when? Could w© really believe
that at long last the War had come to an end? These questions w
in the minds of all; both guests and employees. It seems as if the
long awaited official ??ord would never come, until — . It was a few
minutes after seven o'clock in the evening when the telephone
tinkled end brought the good news. Yes, the War was over!
Hostesses ran to the Pantry to tell waitresses while waitresses ran
to the Kitchen to tell cooks. Guests clapped :1s and talked
excitedly. The old Inn itself turned over a page in it's own
Wednesday. August 15 Showers — Clear!
Little Christopher Lin aay be classed as our very youngest
visitor. He Is only 13 weeks old and was wheeled to the dining
room in a basket where he drew all eyes with his cunning ways and
Weak of August 12 to 19, 1945
Wednesda y, August 15 - continued
enchanting salle One would know without seeing the mother in her
graceful native drees that the little baby ? 8 parents were Chinese -
he looked so like a doll. With Mr, and Mrs. Lin were Mr, and
a* Shew and later in the day two men in rosplendant uniforms
came and one wrote in the register, Kids. Tung Sherig Wei, Chines*
Navy at 151. I, T. These foreign sounding names will g ly be-
ll very familiar to us before long. Even now it gives us some-
what of a shock to hear a Chinese baby celled Christopher.
Thursday. August 16 tj pleasant
A guest who found the Inn atmosphere conducive to rest and
relaxation was Mrs. Walter Vincent, wife of a prominent New York
business man. The Vincents stopped over last night on their way
from Maine to New York. "The Madame was so tired she thought she
couldn't sake the trip,* confessed Mr. Vincent. Then he r-Jaed
that reading a portion of the "Tales of a layside Inn* to the
Madame had finally lulled her to sleep. "I only got to the middle
of *Paul Revere *s Ride,*" he said. Mr. Vincent is Chairmen of the
Board of Wilraer and Vincent, the firm which xa&kes Republic Motion
pictures, and also Chairman of the Board of the Consolidated Film
Industries. He is President of the Actors 1 Fund of America, which
supports the Will Rogers He. 1 at Saranac Lake.
Friday, August 17 Very pleasant
A tribute to the restful atmosphere which surrounds the Inn
was paid to us recently by ano jjht guest. She, upon
leaving, made a special effort to find the hostess, who, at that
particular time, was arranging flowers. The guest was a middle
aged maiden-lady and tbi at she said; "For one who lias been
as harrassed as I have, unjustly, for the p :w months, this
place hafl been just wonderful. Last night I slept through without
having to take everything under the Sun to do so."
urday. August 18 Vary pleasant
Today ends an historic weekj a week which has brought great
joy. This has bean expressed by our guests, not only verbally, 1
by facial expressions which have changed noticeably. Instead of a
•tense, serious aspect, the guests have, this #eek, displayed a
jubilant attitude. They are gayer, brighter, eager. On being shown
through the house, they laugh and exchange pleasantries. They ar©
interested and enthusiastic j their minds are not pre-occupied any
more. Gayety has been the keynote ever since Tuesday n
Week of August 12 to 19
o'clock. And with the ban lifted on the use of gasoline, guests hare
been more muerous* These days have seemed like holidays- But should
it be a eeek of rejoicing entirely? Let us pause here, on this Sat-
urday night, to say a prayer for those *ho gave their all that we might
hare this happy, joyous time.
Week of August 19-25, 1945
Sunday, August 19. 1945 Fair
This evening a group of about 20 Girl Scout leaders had
dinner* Many favors and gifts vera exchanged and the group second
to be in a very jolly mood. As one of them explained, *We have
been eating with the children at eamp all summer and appreciate
a table by ourselves where it is quietl"
A group of Boy Scouts from Lincoln came recently to en J
the hospitality of the Inn. They seemed rather forlorn at fir
Due to war restrictions; no fires could be built in the woods nor
could they eat at the Camp on Nobscot Mountain, so they had to be
content with cold lunches brought from home. After going through
the Inn, however, they cheered up and finally left in the best of
■onaay, August 20, 1945 Very hot
Many kinds of animals come to the Inn both tame ani wild.
Dogs and cats, whose owners have to be told as gently as possible
that they must leave their pets out side $ a parrot named "Gray" of
whom we are very fond - and goodness knows how many pet frogs and
gold fish and white mice have been brought in surreptitiously.
Then there are the bats and swallows that have been known to come
down the chimneys involuntarily. The other day, a pigeon fluttered
out onto the Bar Room floor much u> the amazement oi' the hostess
sitting there. Another hostess, quietly talking to a group in the
Parlor about Longfellow traditions, was startled to see this pigeon
fly in and calmly perch on a picture of Longfellow. The guests
watched with interest while Mr. Davieau caught him quickly and
expertly, and then we noticed his leg was banded. Outdoors age.
he flew away to continue his journey, thankful to be free and
perhaps wondering a little about his adventure at the Wayside Inn.
Tuesday. August 21. 1945 Hot
Visitors of foreign birth often find here things of
interest which they remember using in their native lands,
instance, a Russian remarked today about the pewter coffee urn*
in the old dining room. They reminded him of the Russian samov*,
which, he said, were used mostly for tea and not coffee. He al
spoke of the open fireplace cooking done in Russian peasant homes
and of the brick ovens where Russian families gather at night to
keep warm. They huddle together and lean against the oven wall.
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Week of August 19 - 25, 1945
Wednesday. August 22. 1945 Still hot
Mrs. Bennett teacher in the Southwest School, has been help-
ing on the hostess staff this Summer, coming in the late afternoon to
work through the erening. Now she is having a short vacation before
school opens. And speaking of Wayside Inn schools and the Mary Lamb
school in particular, here is a recent item clipped from a local
newspaper: "As the time draws near, we hope sincerely that Mary's
Little Lamb will not follow her to school this season. We'd hate
to think that some otherwise law-abiding citisen might be tempted
beyond his strength I ■
Thursday, August 23. 1945 Cooler
Mrs. Gardiner Flske of Boston and Weston, Mars., who spent
several weeks here during the Summer of 1943* has presented to the Inn
several very interesting mementoes of Oie Bull, * occupied the
Ole Bull room. Among the souveniers are a number of fine pictures;
one in a large plush frame of Ole Bull as an older -.an, another of
his grave and a harbor scene at Bergen upon arrival of the funeral
cortege. Also there is a list of subscribe;:* to an Ole Dull memorial
fund. This includes Longfellow's signature. Urs, Fiske found
these interesting souveniers in the home of Harvard's Professor
Eben H. Horsford, Mr. Fiske' s grandfather,
Friday, August 24. 1946 Rain
There are many nice thing. 3 said about the Inn, many compliments
paid, many words of appreciation. All of these we wish Mr. and Mrs,
Ford could hear personally. Such expressions as "It is wonderful"
and "Ive had a delightful time" are common. Uncommon w&-3 the phrase
coined by a guest today. It is a compliment well worth remembering
and came from a distinguished gentleman, Judge F, E. Johason of the
Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New Xork, In speaking of Mr. Ford
what he has done here, the Judge said; "This old Inn is a tremendous
contribution to the memory of American life."
Saturday, August 25, 1945 Rain
The week closes with a list of distinguished visitors;
distinguished because of their work in various fields of endeavor,
but more particularly in the War effort. All have partaken of the
Inn's hospitality within the last few days.
Seek of August 19 - 25, 1945
Saturday. August 25, i')A5 ( continued)
Bishop G- Bromley Oxnam, President of the
Federal Council of Churches of America.
Major General Lewis 3. Hershey, Director
of Selective Service, Washington.
Alexander Lovercdos, Greek ttxalstary of
Finance, Athens, Greece.
Under the title "Who*s Sew Today," the Hew fork Sun in
a recent iosue features Bishop Oxaara. He is a former Preside
of De Pauw University and nine years ago was elected Bishop df
Omaha. After that he served in Boston. How, besides being
President of the Federal Council of Churches, he is Methodist
Bishop of New lork.
Major General Hershey needs no introduction. His
name has been a familiar one during the Wax- years and will be
perpetuated in tforld War II history.
Alexander Lovercdos is a representative of the Creek
Ministry of Finance and makes his headquarters in Sew ?ork. He
is working for the betterment of economic conditions in Greece
and is attached to the Greek eabassy in Washington.
Week of August 26 to September 1
t 26 Pleasant
Along all highways leading to the Wyaside Inn today a very dif-
ferent picture presented itself. Instead of a few slowly moving vehi-
cles, there were long lines of ears filled with the sailing faces of
mother, dad and the kids. Horns tooted and the whiBzing sound, of car
passing car was heard again. Every other farmer had a heavily laden
stand by the roadside. "Judy's Lunch" was open. Dolls and knick-fcnacks
suddenly appeared in colorful array. The Wayside Inn parking space was a
black patch on the landscape as car after car drove in. Mother, dad and
the kids flocked to the Inn itself, to the Chapel, school house and Mill —
places they had been waiting patiently to see for four long years.
Monday. August 27 Partly cloudy
Last night, David Bemtly and Albert Eaton, Sudbury boys and grad-
uates of the Southwest School, came to the Inn escorting two young ladies
from Bedford, Mass. David was in uniform and walked with a cane having
been wounded in service in Southern France, He kept repeating, "This is
really wonderful!* Kiss Mary Bradford, one of the young ladles, is t. dir-
ect descendant of Gov. Bradford and christened a Liberty Ship named for
her ancester a few years ago. Seeing the bill in pounds and pence in the
Bar room made out to William Bradford brought out ihis interesting bit of
Tuesday. Aueugt 28 Pleasant
Up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a tumbled-down, b*tfe*r*»d look-
ing old Tavern which in no way resembles the Wayside Inn. let there, is a
feeling of kinship between the two. Both were immortalized by America's
beloved poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
The narrow streets leading to the water front in Portsmouth are
lined with quaint old houses, many of them built by ship's carpenters and
of ^-Jcellent proportion, some with very fine interior woodwork, fine panel-
ling and carving. Now however, they appear unkempt and dilapidated? not
a few having been converted into tenements. And it is not easy walking
through those narrow streets paved with broken and uneven brick. A hot
August sun beet down upon us too, as we strolled towards the Sari of H.
ifax Tavern today. Here Lafayette stopped and George Washington. Louis
Fhillippe, later King of France, was another distinguished guest. And in
the old days, swinging from the sign, the Earl of Halifax in portrait,
looked down from his lofty perch and beheld the beautiful Martha Hilton.
Longfellow describes this in "Lady Wentworth."
Beek of August 26 to Septeober 1
awMawgi fr^' ! - Mi MlMl
Berl of Halifax beheld Hie sight,
lot so Bane Steven, for he beard her say
These words, or thought he did, as plain as day:
•0 earths fliltoat Fict bo* dare you go
About the town half dres-ed, end looking sol*
At which the gypsy laughed* uid straight replied*
«ffo Better how I look; X yet shell ride
la ay own chariot, ma*esu* And on the child
the Sferl of Salifax bealgaly sailed* 11
Martha Hilton did ride la her own chariot. She aerried Mow
Baapshire's oovernor *entworth and beoaae Lecy Wentworth* Bonce Longfellow**
famous story as told by the Poet in the Teles of & tf&yside Inn*
The Barl of Sallf ex no longer shots his face upon the old Tavern
sign end the beautiful Berths Hilton no longer goes ebout Portsmouth town.
Hevertfaeless, both servant girl and Tavern, like the old "Bed Horse* at
r, will live on forever in Longfellow* e book.
A dinner v&s given tonight by a group of nurses from th« Veteran**
Hospital la lest fioxbury for two of their group who were leaving after many
years of service. The patients, veterans of both forld far** *tnt a tele*
gran of cougrafeul&tioa to these tee faithful nurses* After -ielng shown
through the house* the group in the Parlor gfttfurod around the piano sad sang*
The aeettng broke up to the feme? of •Auld Lang Syae*» end*0eed light Ladle***
Sis: Gertrude Seauels etase to see the house recently to collect
data for one or acre articles to he published in her paper* The Hew fork
Tines* Our Eery Leah School especially appealed to her* She had taken the
sight-seeing tripe in Boston with George Pe&reen of the Gray Line and vent-
ed to write bin up but was doubtful of being able to *put sin over* to her
boss* She said* "To really appreciate George* one should take the trip ar-
ound Boston with bin in his, wagon and hear hie recite his own poeas to his
two horses, Babe sad Dlxie. v Miss Seauels real purpose in coning to Boston
was to write about uasapioyeeat, but she was looking for material for Tig-
nettes. We are hoping seen to read about oar school, the Inn and George Pear-
son in her paper*
WAX SIDE IHH
of August 26 to September 1
Fridav. August 31 Partly cloudy
Many small children sees to on joy spending the night here.
The;/ find sleeping on a cot a most thrilling experienee-e specially
when it is a little rooa to themselves under the eaves. One little
girl sugg sted recently, •Let's go up the magic steps, Daddy,*
aeaning the little narrow stairway in the Barroom. This was little
Nancy Leavens, a very imaginative child who caae to the Bar with her
adoring Daddy and said she wanted an egg for breakfast, only she call-
ed it » A Humpty Itampty."
Saturday. September 1 Very warm
After a simple wedding ceremony in the Martha Mary Chapel this
afternoon, the bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Thorwald Oulwell receiv-
ed about forty friends and relatives in the small Ballroom of the Inn.
The couple stood against a background of pink and white gladioli near
the fireplace and, as the day turned slowly into evening, candles were
lit on the long center table. A Buffet supper was served as guests
sat around the room chatting and eating; chicken salad, ice cream and,
of course, the Bride's cake. The latter was heavily frosted with a
pink and white icing and was of almond flavor, (we discovered later I)
As the very last crumb was being eaten, the bride and groom were board-
ing a plane for their honeymoon trip.
TJAISIDE INN DlAitf
Sunday, September 2, 194-5 • Warm
The Diary-ist overlooked an item which should hare anj
two Sundays ago. This wa the fact that among guerts registered on
that day, August 19th, were Lieutenant and Mrs. Jack p. Helium of the
Berry School at Rome, Georgia. They where guests of Dr. and Mrs Char-
les M. Proctor of Southboro, Masr^ who are frequent Inn guests smd who
often mention the Berry School and what Mr. Ford has done there.
Lieutenant and Mrs. Helium asked to be remembered to Mr. ana Mrs. Ford.
Guerts registered today from the followin ^z
Ohio Hew Jersey
Rhode Island Maryland
Mew lork Indiana
Monday, Septeaber 3, 1945 Cooler
Our old friend Phil Merriaan of Tauck Tours appeared today
with four boys from the Royal Air Force. In snappy grey uniforms,
they attracted much attention as they moved around through the holiday
crowds} particularly one boy of dark complexion from Ceylon. The
other three will return soon, they hope, to their respective homes in
Bagland, Brazil and Madeira. They were enroute from Mew lork to Canada.
Tuesday, September U, 1945* Pleasant
Orin Dadman»s grandson dropped in for lunch today. He is
Mr. Charles Knowlton who remembers Very well the part his grandfather
played In Wayside Inn history. After the death of Lyman Howe in I860,
Orin Dadman lived at the Inn with his family; not running the house,
as an Inn, but using it as a private home. Orin had three children,
Hervey, Lafayette (who was born in the Lafayette room) and Flora.
Mr. Knowlton is Flora's son.
Wednesday, September 5, 19-45 Warm
And now that the War is over, Fare well parties are being
held for those War workers who have spent the past three year*? together,
working side by sid4 in factories, ship building yards and machine
shops. Such a party was held here tonight by fifty girls, some of whom
have just been released from the Wyaan-Gordon Company in Worcester.
Dinner was served in the large dining room with a head table for eight
arranged near the fireplace.
WAXSIDE INN DIART CONTINUED
Thursday, September 6, 1945 Very warm
A surprise visit was paid the Inn tonight by Mr, Campsall*
Mr. Dallinger, and Mr. Hamilton of Dearborn who arrived at the Boston
Airport this afternoon. They arrived about dinner time in the Bar-room
beaming with smiles and looking quite brown from the Summer sun.
After dinner a walk was taken to the Chapel, school, coaches etc.
They will return to Dearborn tomorrow.
Friday, September 7, 1945 Very warm
A letter came today from Dr. Harold Bowditch of Brookline,
Mass. filled with interesting information about the Howe coat-of-arms
which hangs in the Parlor and which Longfellow mentions in the Tales
of a Wayside Inn. Dr. Bowditch is convinced that the painting was
done by Christian Remick, who was born in Eastham, Massachusetts in
1726* In 1769 Remick advertised as an artist, including coats of arm^,
in the Massachusetts Gazette. He was pilot and lieutenant on the
Brigantine Tyrraniclde of the Massachusetts State Navy, and wss prise
master and lieutenant under Captain John Manley on the Continental
Frigate "La ftague* In 1777 he was captured and set ashore in Maine.
Much of his life was spent at sea; later he lived in Boston. The
place and date of his death are not known.
Saturday, September 8, 1945 Warm
A very pretty bride stood with her groom in the old Ball
room this morning and received friends and relatives wlio tei come to
congratulate them upon their marriage. This occurred earlier in the
day in Marlboro. A Wedding Breakfast followed the reception and the
happy couple left amid a shower of rice and confetti. The bride was
Miss Kathryn McNichol of Marlboro and the groom was an Army sergeant.
Mr. William Sumner Appleton, Secretary of the Society for
the Preservation of Hew England Antiquities was a dinner guest this
waiside ma DIARI
Sunday, September 9, 1945 Pleasant
A promising young author is Sergeant Julius Fast who is again
spending the week-end here. Be is a modest sort of person, still in his
twenties we should say, and not inclined to talk of his achievements. They
have been of importance, however, as we finally learned when the Sergeant
passed a pre-publication copy of his book across the old Bar, "It till go on
sale the 6th of October* the author said. The title is "Watchful At Night",
a mystery story. Sergeant Fast has previously written short mystery stories;
many of which have appeared in popular magazines. Soma parts of the new
book were written here. The author has spent other week-ends in the "Wales"
room having been stationed at Camp liyles Standi sh for several months*
Monday, September 10, 1945 Pleasant
Ken in uniform with all kinds of service stripes and overseas
decorations are aeaa around the house these days. One of them hovered
near the fireplace on a chilly, damp evening recently and talked enthusias-
tioiiXy to his iady'friand: "Boy, I've seen plenty of fireplaces like these
where I've been. lou could crawl right inside some of the ones in England
and Ireland*. Another boy, when paying his dinner check burst forth with
this remarks "Gee, it's great to eat a meal where there's no aoiset"
Tuesday, September 11, 1945 Partly cloudy
About 20 men were shown through the Inn today taking time out
between their business meetings* Their host was the Paul Revere Insurance
Company of Worcester and the men are from all parts of the country. Next
week and the week after that, two more groups are to be entertained the
Wednesday, September 12, 1945 Pleasant
One of the last pupils to attend the Mary Lamb School when it
was located at Sterling, visited the Inn today. He was Mr. William O'Brien
of Providence, Rhode Island who remembers the time (1398) when the children
were told that the school building would no longer be used as a school.
Transportation was then provided to another school house in a different part
of the town. Mr. O'Brien walked down to the present Mary Lamb School and
remarked that it looks about the same as it did in its original location
only in the old days it was painted white.
TIAISIDE IHN DIARI
Thwrsday •, September 13, 1945 Pleasant
•the turnings on that chair are very unusual" and "The cheet
stair* is an especially fine piece". These were the comments made by a tall,
distinguished-looking young lady an she and her husband wandered through the
house this evening. Her enthusiasm for and knowledge of G&rly pine and
maple furniture aroused our interest and the discovery war, bu \, this
modest guest, Mrs. Stephen Keiley, is the daughter of the late Dr. Lyons of
Buffalo, Hew York one of America's leading authorities on Pilgram furniture.
Dr. Lyons passed away about a year ago and unfortunately left comparatively
few notes on his vast research work. He came to the Inn once and identified
a Dennis chest. No wonder then, that Mrs. Keiley showed a genuine love and
appreciation of the old, altho* she confessed that her father was somewhat
lax about passing on to hie children his own valuable information. "Be
had the old fashioned idea that girls were not supposed to acquire any great
amount of knowledge", she said-
Friday, September 14, 1945 Cool
Today the Dancing classes started. In the afternoon the children
reviewed toe Walts and Life on the Ocean Wave. In the evening the new boys
were thoroughly drilled in the rudiments of the waits. The second class
went through the dances which were most familiar to them. They had a good
time and sang the going-out march lustily - but something was missing, It
was the girlsi
Dame Hay Whittv^ now playing in Boston with Era LeGallienne and
Victor Jory, was a most interested spectator at the children's classes this ^
afternoon. She had luncheon with a group of friends on the porch where her
rich, melodious voice could be heard now and then in conversation,
Saturday, September 15, 1945 Warm, pleasant
Hr. Helson E. Miller of the Ford Motor Company, Somerville pi&nt,
was married today to Miss Lois Schubert at the Martha-Mary Chapel. White
gladioli added to the beauty of the Chapel and our own white cosmos and other
garden flowers dresced up the old Ball-fiooa where a buffet tea was served.
Most of our weddings in these hurried times are simple and informal and to-
day the minister helped by lighting the fourteen white candles at the Altar
just before the ceremony.
Week of September 16 - 22, 1945
Suaday. September 16. 1945 Plaaaaat
Meet Captain John Timmer, our ultra modern guest of the day
who yesterday was in Newfoundlmd, here today and tomorrow will probably
be in Newfoundland again. That 1 a ho?- fast a tnodern Army carries its men
froa place to place. A proud father introduced us to his tall, khaki-
clad son after a family dinner party in the old dining room. React a
pretty young wife came along and tl en an adoring mother. We should like
to have introduced the Captaitt to our Revolutionary la; , Eaekiel
Howe, who on the 19th of April in »75 ran on foot fron Sudbury to Con-
cordj twelve miles in two hours timet
Monday. September 17. 1945 Gold
Last night the thermometer registered 40 degrees and a most
welcome fire burned on the hearth in the Bsrroom to street the house-
guests as they come do*n for breakfast this morning. Two of Un-
gues tn were Mr. and Mrs. Boss from Dearborn Inn, enjoying a vacation
trip in New England. They seemed delighted with this Inn and a tour
over the estate and were anticipating a sight-seeing trip around
Sewing classes started today. The chilcre: -d—
stone and Southwest Schools went up to the second floor of the Inn
where Mrs. Sawyer was waiting for them. They all looked very eager
to start and some carried boxes gayly wrapped in ig new oil cloth.
Tuesday, September 18. 194 5 Pleasant
McGuffey»s Fourth reader furnished a house guest with an
interesting bit of information this evening. It seems ;-uest
had heard a radio quiz program on which the question *ea. H ^That
anisal is the Camelopard"? Those present in the radio etucio were
stumped a? well as our listening house guest. She searched several
encyclopedias and asked several friends, but not until looking over
uffey*s Reader did she find the answer. There- on page 1S&, Les-
LX was a picture of a Camelopard or in other words a Giraf
Wednesday. September 19. 1945 Cool and Fair
Miss Nielson, a teacher at the ?erkin f s Institute for the
Blind, had dinner here tnis evening with a group of friends. She is
a frequent visitor and likes to come here for relaxation from her
rather trying duties. Tonight there were t*o or three other teachers
with her and also the parents of a little blind girl who had come from
West Virginia to leave their child at the Institute.
Waek of September 16 m 22, 194-5
Wednesday. September 19. 194.5 Continued
For their enjoyment ano! perhaps to take their minds off of the
recent parting, ','lss Hieleon gathered her guests in Do the Parlor and
pretty soon her voice could be heard "One autumn nifht in i — ■
Thursday. September 20. 1945
Perhaps the reason for so many coapliraents being parsed
around lately on the excellent food served, is due to the fact that a
graduate of the Boys 1 School is back in t,fte kit-cnes age ee ie
"antosuosso joined the Navy and worked his wa;v .gh Boot camp. Fir
ing a personal delight in good food and having had some past experience
in the -chool and Inn kitchens, he decided to become a cook. lie h
keep up the good reputation of Havy food until a week or so ago when he
was given a 30 day furlough. Instead of pj his vacation at tav -
nt centers, Freddie chose to be once nore at hi* old stand in the Inn
I ihen carving meat and making himsef ^ner&ily useful. When the
days are up he will return bo Camp Endicott.
Friday. Septe-ber 21. 1945 I «.rn
On one of our most interesting pictures of Ole Bull as a youmg
man there is inscribed in his own handwriting, "To Henry T. Oakes r^ith
sincere friends lp"» A guest, while roaming through ohe Parlor, was much
interested because he saia she had in her possession a wine cooler which
had at one time belonged to the late Alma Gluck, the well known opera
singer and upon it was written the very same name, Henry 'I
Saturday. September 22. 1945 Pleasant
Saail boy after hearing a hostess .oe the /ious task
of lighting a fire two hundred years ego: "Gee I like t*is Ujm of the
A California guaat returtti&g x,o %e\ .
home in Vermont visited the Inn recently e.
oi what he had aeen in this way* ■ Inn) has given ma
the greatest pleasure I've had in twenty-five years."
Hostess describing the Cool <et went into a great
deal of detail regarding I ■ and the signatures written thereon.
After expounding on the merits of the b>. or severe [ ..tes a
Welles ley College girl iped up "Ya», and it's only a Sap bucket I"
Weak of September 23-29, 1945
Sunday. September 23. 1945 Cold
Today was still cold but Uie sua shone and the beauti-
ful weather brought many sightseers. Between 2 end ': -ed
aoved slowly through the rooms all day gazing at the ant, .cue
Over 400 seals were served. For the first tirae, fires were light-
ed in the fire places. Their cheery glow ;hed a nest velcome
warmth throughout the house.
Monday, September ^4.. 1945 Still cold
Mrs. Zimmerman, 19 years agc^ put her little baby to
sleep in our cradle and today came to show another daughter
where her sister had slept. It *as hard for ?rs. Stan to
realize her baby was growing up and about to enter college.
Tuesday. September 25. 1945 Warner
For years the Tap-room shelves have sup? .or ted six old
olive green bottles marked "John Kingman, 1760 s . The name and
date a -pear on a raised circle of glass. This is a -:ost unusual
mark, declared Mr. Jay a dinner guest this evening. He added
that any old oottle is fairly easy to I, but a bottle narked
with name or date is a great rarity. "lours have both name and
date and you have six of them exo-tly alikel" he exclaimed. Mr.
Fay is a Framingham Center neighbor who has travelled all over the
world. His collection of marked glass bottles is a rarity tc.
oably the only collection of its sine! in exisr
Wednesday, September 26. 1945 l&rm
A very gay group of Waves had dinner here this evening.
Twenty-five at down to a table lighted by can >rated
by our eolorful zinnias and a favor at one m
a sailor, seemed to have the best time ol all. Bany s re
sung, in parts. It seemed to be a choral group. Their favorite
was "Anchors Aweigh" which they sang ever and over again; making
the rafters ring. It was a rare treat to hesr bbtau
leek of September 23-29, 1945
Thursday, September 27. 19/15 Warm
Pre-War activity prevailed today as several hundred
boys and girls stepped out of sight-seaing h Bim into the do
yard of the Wayside Inn. Then through the door into the 3ar-r
Kitchen, Pernor ana upstairs bedrooms they walked, led by one of
the ho* tes~es. It Mfl Ilka "old times" to ;ce again
large school groups which through the War year; -n unable
to travel because of limited bus ervic«. tie* they are on U
highways again and many history and literature classes will very
likely be on tbeir way soon to Longfellow^ Wayside Ic
Friday, September 23, 1945 Warm
An historical event in the to*n of Sudbury was recalled
recently v;hen a Mr. and Mrs. Hoaer celebrat ng
anniversary here. They *ere married in the Sudbury
. t wedding held there since the very early days. la the be-
ginning a Civil ceremony was told ia the churc' Lch
the women of the parish served a M years
ago the first religious ceremony isas held; ,'. . . w& J r ; » flower
being the bride and groom. And as in the old day; worsen
served a wed ia# supper; Saturday night beans and brown bread.
Mrs. Homer chuckled as she recalled the re?;- de by Mr. Hosier
when attta asked him if he wuld like bro^n bread - "tes", he said,
•if it has raisins in itt"
Saturday. September 29. 1945 Still very warm
It has been a long time since i Irs* Bewker h' ve
been mentioned in the Diary. But now it is Saturday ni^ht ag;.in
and they are here for their Saturday night dinner and bringing
with thesi a large basket filled with lovely r. ir
garden. »D inty Bess" are popular an-, the ciny "Tom Thumb 1 -"
attract a lot of attention, tasty ° f " tn « yellows and deep reds
look like oictures. After dinner Mrs. Bowker chats he
hostess r.hile Mr. 3owker reads the even: . Around 9:30
they say "Good-night" and are again on their way bftfttt to Worcester.
Week of September 30 - October 6
Sunday. September 30« 1945 Pleasant
Miss Riggs, bouseguest, armed with field glasses and a tout
boots returned from an early morning bird walk and reported seeing MP
hearing the following feathered friends:
50 Blue Winged Teal
5 Black Ducks
Water 1 Great Blue Heron
Birds 6 Night Herons
1 Little Green Heron
Myrtle Warblers Blue Jays
Black-Poll Warblers Towhees
Song Sparrows Cedar Waxwings
Chipping Sparrows Nuthatches
Downy Woodpeckers Goldfinches
Monday. October l t 1945 Rain
Furnace fires were lighted for the first time to take away
the chill and dampness of this rainy October day. Due bo the warmth
of the last few days in this vicinity many plants such as lilacs , vio-
lets, paasies and even apple trees have had a second blooming. We
read --bout this in the papers and *ere .le i be dole to contrib-
ute our bit today — a branch of forsythia in full bloom. The lovely
yellow blossoms have pushed themselves out from among the green leaves,
a combination which v.e never see in the early spring.
Tuesday, October 2, 1945 Cloudy
Frequent guests for many years are the Shartf ">, father, mother
■jhter Gloria and a young son. We have become quite well acquainted
and huve been especially interested in Gloria's rise to fame in the M
ical worl >'.. " M is an accomplished pianist a:. .iree years of age
was ready for her debut but postponed it to ^ive her services to the
Armed Forces. Almost every night she played in some Army carap or aboard
some vessel in port. Her mother thinks ~he has done the most good, how-
ever, in hospital wards and that many a mental case has b en cure-: by
her playing and her music i*: of the best, too, mostly froa tha ( ;s.
Now the War is over she is planning her debut in New Jfork in November.
Week of September 30 - October 6
ISednesday, October 3. 1945 tfindy
"The Longfellow Parlor has beauty, dignity, warmth, hos-
"Cooks in the old days wculd be as much at sec ia .ur
modern kitchens as we would be in theirs."
"Did you know that the Square Dance called "Pop Goes tbe
Weazle" came from hearing the clock reel snap at every forty revol-
Thursday. October 4» 1945 Pleasant
A frequent guest these days is Lieut. Colonel Follansbee,
Chaplain-in-chi-rge at Fort Devens, -Aaes. Colonel Follansbee intro-
duced a fellow Chaplain this evening, one who has just returned after
two years spent in the front lines in Germany. He has visited Eng-
land and told of some of his experiences there. Speaking of our old
Bar and comparing it to those in the English pubs, the Chaplain imi-
tated the English bartenders who at 10 o'clock shout to their clients:
■Time, please, gentlemen!" This means closing time.
Friday, October 5t 194-5 Pleas-
Beautiful bubbles, large and small, of gorgeous rainbow
colors floated into the air of the Old 3ar room this afternoon as a
houseguest demonstrated a very modern soap bubble set. Instead of
the proverbial clay pipe and bowl of soap suds, ohis was a mouth-
, blowing device packed in a small box, without soap or liquid and
marke-.! |.39 at Woolworthsl The set is called "Rainbow bubbles" iind
according to another guest who witnessed the demonstration, the chem-
ical used was discovered by a --dentist of the Eastman KO': ay
in the Distillation Chemistry Laboratories at Rochester, New fork.
Saturday. October 6. 1945 Rain
The daughter of Prof. Chaffee of the Harvard Law School was
married today in Cambridge to Yr. Paraon i'il inghast, U. t« ''?avy, and
the couple came out to the Inn to spend the night. During the evening
quaint mu?ic was heard from the parlor und upon inv=. , 'Jr,
Tillinghast was een. seated at the old piano. Later he explained that
the music he v.as | laying had been composed for Queen Elizabeth by 3v
These pieces were originally written for the spinet and one of then was
called "The White Cliffs of D*rer" which sounded very familiar to our
jArsiDE mm DiAfty
Week of October 7-13, 194-5
Sunday, October 7, 1945 Pleasant
Reflections of a Sunday Guest
On the broad sweeping green hill across the way, the
Martha-Mary Chapel gleams stark white against the morning sky.
Fith its beauty of traditional architecture it seems a reraote
sanctuary for quiet thinking and prayer. Inside, the sun from
the many paned windows gives a bright reflection on the deep
red carpets and shining oak pews.
Down the hill a short distance from the Chape i one
can see the Mary Lamb School House. The tiny red building is
quiet this morning. There are no little pigtailed girls or
sturdy little boys in knickers running around the yard until
tomorrow morning when they will be suimaoned by the clanging
school bell. It is fun to see the lambs grassing in the nearby
meadow and visualise one of them accompanying the small Mary of
the olden nursery rhyme up to the little red school, much to the
consternation of her teacher many years ago. One cannot help but
envy those twenty little children that attend that school now.
In that atmosphere of beauty and tradition, the fundamentals of
education must take on an even deeper meaning and what fun it
must be to tell ones less fortunate small friends that they ,
to the same school Mary and the Little Lamb attends
Returning down the street I see the old Inn with its
air of old world charm and hospitality. This walk has been mere
than a historic tour or a stroll to enjoy the natural beauty of
the countryside in the Fall. It ha?s shown us a way of life, a
more leisurely, contented way of living - work, wore ": a
study- a general feeling of peace and well being, a feeling of
■ importance of the individual. I only wish everyone had I
opportunity to take a walk by the Wav Spiritually
tal:e away so much more than you bring.
Monday, October 8, 1945 ¥U
Miss Joan febster will join the Ri next
week. e is a graduate of Abbott Academy and has had
experience in office work and in meeting the puDiic. Confi-
dentially she is interested in writing and is the M if
the above essay.
WAXSIDE INN DIARY
Week of October 7-13, 1945
Tuesday, October 9, 1945 Partly cloudy
Overnight guest, Mr. Max Plowman flourished a Revolu-
tionary musket before our eyes this morning; one which he had
found in a neighboring antique shop. It is similar to the one
hanging over the mantle and is also equipped with a bayonet.
Mr Plowman expects to carry it home to New Jersey as a decorative
piece over his own fireplace. The Plowmans are pre— ?>ar guests
who have returned after an absence of three years for a motor
trip through New England.
Wednesday, October 10, 194-5 Pleasant
Our correspondence is heavy these days; mostly in-
quiries from people who are once again able to travel by motor.
They ask if we are open, seving meals and taking overnight
guests. Many add a friendly, pleasant word about the Inn such
asj "Many years ago I spent a night at your charming Inn and
have always wanted to return*. From Ne* Jersey, a doctor
writes to ask about week-end accomodations and adds: *tfe .have
been at the Inn before, just for Luncheon and the afternoon.
We want you to know we thought it delightful.' 1 Another letter
which gives the hostesses a *pat on the back* ends with this
paragraph: "The few days at Wayside Inn have remained very
happily in my thought and I recall the kindness and thoughtful- v>
ness of the hostesses. They were so helpful without over-doing it.
Thursday, October 11, 1945 Pleasant
The Wayside Inn-ers were very such pleased today to
welcome back into the fold, Agnes and Lena, who have beaa gone
since last Spring. With the exception of this five month
interim Agnes has been here as Head-waitress, 23 year-. Lena
is her assistant and close friend. Both live in the Gate Rouse
and call the Inn their home. Not only are the Inn-ers glad to
see them back, but alco many of the guests. Curing their
absence they were greatly missed.
Friday O £ \ *-, ^ ** < Cloudy
Every tree was at its peak in fall color today. The
sky is a beautiful blue with a few white fluffy clouds scattered
here and there. Our guests ca^e on foot, horseback, busses
and in private car .
WAISIDE INN DIARI
leek of October 7-13, 1945
Guests registered from London, England; Tampa, Florida;
Hollywood, Californi&J Paxton, Illinois; and Iceland as well as
the New England states.
Saturday OcX \3_, V°VH<^ Pleasant
Many of our Wayside Inn boys are receiving their
discharge papers as are many other boys. They all seem to
rush back here to see their old acquaintances and the grounds
that are so familiar.
Chester Sole ski, class of f 37 ', came for two days,
accompanied by his charming wife. A fellow graduate, Philip
Noyes stepped into the Inn and a quick glance at the floors
recalled the great care he took several years ago helping
to replace the ancient and worn boards.
"Jerry" Wood was discharged two weeks ago and lias
now started his college education at the University of New
*eek of October 14 - October 20, 1945
Sunday . October 14. 1945 *»
le had as a guest today Ure. Louise H&wkes of Saugus. itrs.
Rawkes was among the ardent townspeople who prevented the Old Iron
Works House from being sent from its natural surroundings to Greenfield
Village. She made speeches and went to Governor Saltonstall *ith a
petition that finally enables Saugus to retain this historic laadsark.
The Iron Works House was the home of Joseph Jenkins vho inve; ted the
long sythe tad made the ciie for our first coin, the pine tree shilling.
Mrs. Rawkes tells us that the town of Saugus is now crying to restore
the furnishings of tiie lovely old fa> me and when this is completed the
Iron Works Route will be open to the public.
gonday, October 15, 1945 Pleasant
This afternoon the wide old floor ooards of the Inn took on
a very gala aspect as they became strewn with confetti from the arriv-
ing honeymoon couples. The scent of gardenias singled with the woocy
satell of the barroom as we greeted Mr. and "rs. David Potter of Lex-
ington, *-'r. and Mrs. "Jar shall of Cambridge, and. fr« and Urs. Harris
of Hollywood, California.
Hostess: "Did you rest comfortably?"
Guest: "Only that we were wakened by the great gret-t grand-
children of Mary's Little Lamb".
Tuesday, October 16, 19/, 5 Rain
We had an interesting talk i?ith Mr. Harris today. He is a
machinist mate 1st class and was with the amphibious forces at Okinawa,
Iwo Jiroa .nd many other South Pacific battles, "r. Harris had three
ships naak under hia and was among five gunners that were r ;evor^y_^£--
wounded by an ex loding Japanese lane. ?Hnen we maim reference to his
Hollywood address, he told us that before the war he had been a stunt
man in the movies and he felt that «M pretty good prer m for
some pheses of Navy life.
Wednesday, October 17, 1945 Clear
Mr. John K. Simons, a frequent guest at the Ina, preheated
us with a very interesting and informative book entitled "Ole Bull, A
loir". It is a biography of the mu~icioja written by his *ife, Sara
C. Bull who Wi-s rister to Longfellow's son-in-law. This book will
sn excellent addition to the Inn library. t leaf is invcri.
■Presented to Longfellow's Wayside Inn, October 7, 1945, la clatloa
of all that has b*en given to posterity by Mr. and Mrs. Hoary Ford".
Week of October U - October 20, 1945
Thursday, October IB, 1945 Pleasant
A fat robin has built a nest in the b&yberry tree outside one
of the windows of the original dining room.
Mr* Marshall, one of our honeymoon houseguest3, "ne to
America five years ago from Egypt, was eloc in his e Inn
and the entire estate. He pointed out that Africans often toured Eur-
ope trying to find an atmosphere, culture or way of life that they could
find in our own country in a place such as the Inn that combine? a fine
historic background sith an atmosphere of peeeeful cheer.
Friday. October 19 . 19-45 Pleasant
Today we overheard a guest telling her eeapex c her
last booK had run into nineteen editions. Tzpre- ad curious we fin-
ally discovered the author to be Ruth Webb Lee *ho used to have a lovely
antique shop in Fraaingham. While admiring our pewter, **rs. Lee told us
that her "Early American Pressed Glass" was her latest ana most neoteft-
ful book. "Victorian Sites* will be published in December.
Saturday. October 20, 1945 Fair
This morning we vent for a walk in the rooos I bri:
leaves for the tables. Many p .ople were exploring . ig
into the windows of the Mary Lamb ^chool.
A woman from Sudbury, looking wistfu..l; e Inn remarked,
■I *ish I didn't live so near. I'd love to come end the night.
Another guest on her way to Florida said it was rather ridiculous for
her tc start a long trip by coding to the Inn as she never in her trav,
would find a clace she weuld like as well.
leek of October XL - October 27, 1949
October 21. 1945 **
There are now hundreds of wild -
Mr. Pettig; ew haa baa .ing b* is i the h
their rdgration may be t Rece. -king l al
Zone found one of our birds and brought it I in turn
notified Y. Pettigrew of the 1
■At Wayside Inn the poppies grow*
Bade us anot FW 'Ihis seed.
which were g- iaed Pleader* ~. We .are Blent
. . . ■
October 22, 1945 Pleas;
Today we had a visit rt Verrseclres *hc gra /
Boy- • School i. ■ Albert or "Iggy" ar- he . *
is a Slarine Sargear
We talked with a lady the)
a ,. in 1
no ru i i vas flttai
that tl Is.
At seven o'clock the chape
whe:. Nancy Weeks of Sarlboi
about .lie wi rn to
Washington where they are both eap rt.
QcUber 23. 1945
A walk around
very happy experience,
trar the br
true feeling of p< entaent. t
not crov ^ars.
ing seemed lore interested in aoairing the br
trees and in | the hie tori
This pleased co welcome
Week of Oct 1945
or U. 1945 C:
We bare as - -
, D- C- ght 3 gri ' ■
to in col.
Dana of Kawthor .. - Low lei gr. 3eale
boots dealing ■
public jgrapby o. t.
October 25, 1945 in
A fine, seemingly endless drizz'i- r* to :-ople
from the Inn tod. y. k Irs. Ly ...
bar - - inter »r,
..zabeth Due.-- • Mrs* I
she receive: :ade of 116
A ~ sf Stuc k ry,
-6. 1945 Bad
Today Garden ey
Plaid at a
remark "I f el aa ad bee ■' . We
overheard igh the
I had heard oi Ola Bull, but I always I"
October 27, 1 ir
The fleet is in oo celcor:.te aany
■ v ute to the festivities drop . •;., among
them several Navy p nel.
HeeK of October 21 -
October <7, 1945 Continued y
A group of small, wigglt^r • •
Teaacre School . is
Or luncheon guee
our Cool s
Coc m D. C-
Schoo- ;«.ior wfes & '
to Calvin Coc C.
Cool ^own i': fcj*s
first visit to the Inn.
Week of October 28 -
frmday, October #11, i Wc.
A ver, • rolleo ads
of the In; in ru r ;
whose book "Colonial
children all over th ,ry. sirs. Colfttt
anf. nd children to t,he Inn
estate "the nicest way p: n .
Monday , D-' T 1945
gur. er was r *ho «ss ar;
"There m a litl .
her ww "rs. P. &-
grand iter of Carolina
Tuesday a £
Two large school ett
Newton *f>r* ju wonders ■ /"
whet- surpris- d the thi
student , while i.
y^flti: _ w
A group of IS L
..t been here when ri r - ": '
c it certi . . «.
Hunt Clubs and it vsT-s very thr : stone
walls and ga . 1.
We Ictobc 45
Thursday, November < ; Fair
Crora H ry
in ■; ry too> .
several years at bright Field where tr-
the f orajfc .
-. November £, Clc
Chap ry of '
at in 13 yearr be i
la r ■,
Mr. John Cw
it i - way fa
de were gathered at the Ga
3e lot' % and maybe v ie
the reap Road.
country. They were
Joun i recently v Dearborn, ai
the flenu for
the Ford Motor Coap. lock *. :
The f i. ed
with fine white Hakes em
lov. . scene.
seemed relu< Leave the v;armfr
differs tes f r
MONDAI - NoV r
their young daughter I real Glen Fa
that may be ■
L sa fti
l name of M- .
today. As a chi he attended the
■ ■ ■ ■
,e Teachers College
Rand , . „
pleased with tht and sani
THURSDAY - N<W *
fbi | are rm
-ris^d exclamation jomes
reg. lay a can ye
to find Greer Gar ' fcur««
I am" gut-
ter "Mr. Bi erg and v
made ht Us. Jiinr ■
November I - 10, 1945
A very attractive honeymoon couple c after
tht ori'ul wedding cere o Emmanue". Church, •. ft*
were Lieutenant and Mrs. Thome ere
as overnight guests en route to San Fruici I will
be stationed. Mrs. Smith in the former Elizabeth
and he 5ae *<Tjtt
SATuPD^*- l^o^ ^
ay people en route
lunch. This evening we had of t
Holy Crop team who tu
College. These three . T. H. Gr-'-oy, a
New lork Publisher who days/
ron - ^1 u
We were partii. y,
where bla ly
f winter outside. Jim Barron who gr;- - ^
Hated from the Boy >1 in 19-C3 carae to the Inn r , a
friend from the rervice. Ji
erve Maritime Service an- a'i
duty. Hi l t vi it v.
. The crescent In Ignia cm ve
tells us that ho is a Nary Cook now. A group
i £. ft. C. A. Oelebrat
anni v .ere tonight*
BIX - u/vt
Lt. Nancy Midv?oooL oi the ?
after lun the whereabout
used to be on display at the Gatehoi.
en ~he v ; a a small child liT
to learn that the bicycle 6.
1 » \i/ »*
Den ofacturing C .mpany. rheir -
in Divi the Army ve
rery Inn Mr* ft Ir . .
HSDil -M| <* fR
Ed-: I i bani
Nation v.nce radio p f \ . ith
a en gag
t;n. i :
be • nd on . . .
yed in or*
tour mrm '
I . Peabody prior t the v er , tour
WAl 7 INN
D I A
November 12 - November 17, 1945
Sixty member? of the Wilthaw H Club had a
banquet here in celebration of a successful concert oi Chopin
mile which they presented last ni^ht in Waltham. The table? in
the largr i were gaily ted with blu
placecara:-' with a mu'ical note motif and iargt of chr;
thamums. After dinner they e movie "Kooxtli nata"
in which Padere^scui plays one pu I >in. The group were
very enth-. e about the Inn SB that the;, t they
could always music in vuch a c!
OAI - >\/tfr IN
John Webber from Bost n Mti is intere
in the whale oil leaps on the parlor mantel. The lamps *:e--e made
by Israel Trask who was the great gr tor. Ur.
Ford 1 chese lamps to Sr. '. - in 19 in
Trask collection of a pewter exhibit vrhieh Kr, Webber
».ing at that time,
SASfffiAl - >>/n"^ ,AR
We have been be.~e.iged v r
Thanksgiving reservation , but this one especially l
lifeM it wistful appeal..., "Can you possibly ac te two
l pry country bumpkins who must eat on Thanktgivir.- o.ay? My young
frie just returned from the South Pac ;.
remj he has my written promise t;> bake him a .he
Wayside for one of your famo - If you find it impossible
to accept tv» hungry, humble applicants, I : hall hav its-
thing to be thankful for in a noli cm of: Choi Bacon
gs (or) Cfe a la King (canned) (or) Food.
My housekeeper h.'*r- been seriously ill and absent for many weeks, We
could bring our own firewood - choice oi apple, hickory, oine, birch,
pumpkin or mince." We somehow managed t ,
be served tfaa ,uth Dartmouth.
An S&1 >-uest u
Da; oatrector* Br.
ear nlenta 3*14 that he **/
lines* fie is taking a
the strike rituation to •
Be ted a plea«ent vi
their s-jn and deocbv .
student, wbtf taking nates on the Luagfello*
ics very interested in the ?tor
A recent guert «
.9 very interested in being dtevw; the
her gr&et grand*© t.
ms said that she had an
but easily recognised it Qroa
belong*. bar srtat grand?
Today* e mi J brought
"ftoaenber the r->y.. se ooy
Ce. "aderla end 3
on U-bor Lay?
it ten i rjo Dfcglan
sent to be reaateberec
ifova^Oer -» to E e eunfaw •
- cscatL^ucd •
A lovely big waom %tora that sa&de the b
woods on the estate take en the io 6*5
©arc* ano* seen*. P*o hcuee gue * See folk epet
ewiy houra r*bovej.Jbig their <n* ;« end
&a expresft truck froa fnrJboro spent the aigbt la •
the ban, o»ed to eorfc in rubber boots antl thought »i4t
fun it nouXd be to go eiciing.
-3 large ballrooa «*« a^&in .ubjo oi ,ie«
vhea Bfra« Charles Tad* -."o a tea tc MR
engages*- .filter Aane t
Corps* After tee ecs eerved en Kitertaiaei .ions
re*4 tv»e ?hcrt, bus^nrou* sketches that oar* very entl;u*.Lu -1-
Lft9t evening at & candle
*is? lancy Srevn of ?syien4 bocaae tf
?hepard of ic*t-:n. A roc saa held lo >rge ballroooi
«t*re a buffet supper vaa earved. y
returned froa wv^rieas there after e yo.:.r of coabat duty, he
HI c^r-fiDO-i in l Japanese rii.-_- Mem*
The •-ipaay 1 1
ift has bee;
v.eok run io do- ton f st
two of &•
twig, u tferc«4«£ Kolt*,
©ad VL&rgr-i i; t Kol ,, t*r <
to an account of their
•^f-^ter MMH ->vc:.r
ta?t of ou
•tc, u«u former
toft of whfc boy f roa
tt to ft
'* tola gn iftT end grsnft
-c noinl] MCftix
•ft«fel*£ton« * receat b«
- in ft;
■ c eoja
THE WAISIDE INN
D I A R I
Week of December 2-8, 1945, incl.
FURDAI i^ v COLD
Mr. and Mrs, Winfred Rhoade3 of Chestnut Kill will be
x y. our houseguests this week. They originally came to the Inn
)m/% ? OT th eir honeymoon last April. Mr. fthoades is a well known
\p Boston psycotherapist end has published many line books in
field. A copy of his latest and most successful book "The
Art of Living' was presented to the Inn Library on a former
MONDAI * * I 3 PLEASANT
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Sprout of Eharon returned to the
Inn today to celebrate Mr. Sprout* s discharge from the ser-
vice. They too spent their honeymoon at the Inn. fcr* Sprout
laughingly noted that the tiny apothoeary scales tipped in
favor of the house.
TUESDAI \ V\ H CLEAR
Miss Ellen Riggs of Boston, a frequent visitor
borrowed a copy of "The Tales of a Wayside Inn" to read this
snowy afternoon. She noticed that Longfellow used the term
•The March of Time" in the "Tales" and believes that the
present title for the Time Magazine moving picture feature
is adopted directly from the poet.
WEDNESDAY \ M < CLOUD*
Mr. Prescott from the school dropped in to entertain
us with a tale of his experiences hiking up Mount Tashington.
Mr. Prescott was vitally enthused with the spirit of the
mountain climbers that he encountered on his trip. He said
that these sport enthusiasts are people "free from fvordidness"
and that the outdoor life "swept the cobwebs" from their
THE WATSIDE INN
Week of December 2-8, 1945, incl.
TfflJRSDAI »VIC CLARE ICE
Lt. and Mrs. Robert Sanford from Eayland are spending
their honeymoon here at the Inn. Lt. Sanford received his
discharge this morning and promptly started out with his
wife for a day of skiing in celebration. As he left the Inn
he slipped and fell, a confused panarama of plaid shirt and
ski boots. Struggling to his feet, Lt. Sanborn staunchly
remarked, "First morning I am a civilian I have to fall
down} I never could fall down in uniform, it looks too
FREDA? f t\l FREEZING
We overheard two remarks this wintry day that
pleased us very much. A Portugese business man after going
through the Inn said, "What a wonderful place this is to
make one feel peaceful."
Another enthusiastic guest hoped that Governor
Tobin of Kassachusetts didn*t forget to tell them about
this place when abroad making Boston* s bid to be the site
of the United Nations Organisation.
SATURDAY »•/ f ILL FREEZING
After checking in tonight, 3!r. and 2rs. Thomas Pcott
of Binghamton, New Xork, walked through the house enthusi-
astically admiring the old rooms. "I first heard of the
Inn at Panama", Mr. Scott told us. It seems he had been a
bunkmate of Mr. Estabrook»s son for his tvo years in the
Army, and had heard such glowing accounts of this place
that he chose to spend his honeymoon here with his attrac-
tive new bride.
THE lAISIia INN
December 9 - 15i
"^iss Riggs, our nature-loving house— gue~t, uresped
her~elf for a winter walk rd~
the woods where she enountered m - ad friends.
Among them were the tree sparrow ehese fiat -
through field f ., a?jpc- bit ruff
wind. Miss Riggs returned from her walk brin ^1
of evergreens efej in sac oar bo
on the dining room teJ
MONDAZ \lA \o
The Inn was a. lively place this evening flta -y-
seven members of the faculty ana students of the Atlaailc
Union College motored here froa Lttaeftster, Mas**? to
celebrate the Christmas season. Dinner mm -erved in the
large dining room after v- 9 cntert^insv
was provided including movi- the reading of
Dicken's "Christmas Carol".
DAX \T~\ »x , LD
A ■•Tc ing
the corner near the fireplace in the old 3 : t,icu-
larly attractive spot. Lg it <?c, are thi
7r. sad Mrs. Rob#rt ^anborr: ."■sly-wt ve
been here sever- •- The y from
Battle fatigue and choose . His
lovely new wife entertains his (u. tbout
photography. She is ■ Mien*
field and has recorded several important vents
such as Betty Grable 1 ? rig.
WEDNESDAY l>| l> T ID
The Inn staff c • at an early
hour this morning to prepare for a Fedding Breakfast to be
served at 10:30 o'clock. Agnes set t. or eight
the old dining room while «. hostess p greens around the
THE */. INN
December 9-15, 1945
towering wedding cake. ,
including ul repast, tJ 3d,
Bride was il
le the groom mA ashea
with striped trousers. A a
old b&Il-roon -e the
The Inn n
thin evening provi;
. una Mm
ropos of tht -r-nd it
joyment of all who lister
Mr. Lewis, an -he Foi
the 22 year--, «
of the Eastern Star at a farm*
evening, ~.'i. "kvj.- is leav! le
Plant to go in te
sat down to a trukey dinner which
in the l^rge ball-room. Mr. Ln
lively old t'asha tape while a fi
ed them, Later -iad
its share of attention as C> touted
to each at.-
I \ Z-\\?
Registered for lunch today %ere Mr. i
of Lcosia, Cy
SUHDAI ta-\U OLD
boys and girl-, braved the cold tc
and have dinner here. :lub if
ray* and the right to oooa t
earned by good atfcf c# at their wi A
co^isunion candlelight service KM held at fefca Qtaj ;-re
one of the teachers said, "Jou pin drop.*
They literally blew into -ne
-enlaces waiting ia&ar* After wj
around th< o-
n w&^ made b<. on
of tone one of our . In
ir. Oondit said, "Mr.
helps ae in ro many ways'".
tola no successful he thought
30NDAX \t\ H :OLD
Everyone is ballets t the II
young men in "civies* dropped la for dinner tl if nd
added a few acre reaarir :ticn.
As 'tood in fror . <m
said, "Gee, in the Ai rt
for frosen fingers. No* 1"
SttU v 2At$"
The Christmas spirit reigns,
with greens and giitt- Mr
table decoration?, t*
hauled into the ball room r*
A tele call from the 3ort.;.
I that Santa Clans need* hiv a&ayt
. -e are the outw\. jects o
heart of everyone here, V
way. Little message.- wt to ide
Inn friends at a distance. There re the ■■:- iba
December 16 t
- ued -
McMillans, the 8
shai Inn tJL.
: share it' -
Prof* :ds e\ r - re-
fers for e rvurd
(aar«r and au
spec v r«
AI \ 2^ \«\
rooms, the only brl >ot beh
dearth. Around tfcu
ing in iin
sno. -.ever i-.
recounting his bi
These included fla| in
Africa just &s he «as uont to do ovei
the <e Inn. Tony ii one of "our
when stat iia,
a copy of the "Tal
that the cheri> to.
"It m way 1 ' >
it to hi t«
Down the ch.i
landed fcboal the large ba:!; roc re he
ivai, sio:.-. . this
the children of ?,aysiae Inn
D I A
children find the saee excit
eagerly await hJ
ting, a little
with [ is
a to ^lace. tear ty
welcome - aac \t ice '
DBAS ! %\ ^ LD
a Kerr . ->w
dancing Claras, hr> talked rith big i'r.v - tiaes
the Inn. Ralph Dei Greco, who was one of
about ten years ago, j<
his future, namely to ysical '<e
University of o the
not Delagriet he had been I
: Lever is the gift
few, but to be kin<" e#*
"Anyone who ii ^ling
out aj -.rt
a chce i . . *
9 wait for m
waiting, work such faith as
-Losophy of life. id L
tnere 1 ue) be ner
tha ; ity. "
Excerpts for Today" . go
The Wayside In.i -y the bar
William Wallace Rose - Chrlfteaj
SUN DAI *\*5
'Ux nice little gj
c.ool class were en cert t&eir r,
Mr 5. ; ;e, who d* ,er
this aorni. shares rervict.. The girls were
^nd anthustiastic e
house rushed to the BWtfsa for
they ^ent merrily down to t . 1.
About four oH-lcck, khey appeared
door to trave a. c -ye.
ill afternoon, Agae--
packed-away red tuole _ ■
old SB for s
serred .^le* ire
added warmth and atuc
inner was an.
eight fcaagry ?li
. waited eage
Christmas for releWta 3i*l-
. in Markhan's aagni.
It's last two lines are a pray<
ry.'-v Merc; speed the fiour then War shall
And een cry be
- continued -
A pink teddy bear, bora* by
a green ■ gaa tfe on the vide fr or -
pinned to a aaaam 1 - anty"
tiaa - a gob ia blue - I ce bringing
in his hfinds a high chair - isere the
peace- loving aspect:; of Chri
"aen crying back to God,
mi \^\ 2.L
Guests hftVt registered r
Argentina, Norway, Nov--> Scotia sad Portugal.
It «C a"
were it n '.?■ vino bri-
ef? ting th- ■ froa afar* ^::on % t i-
well h ng thi ing m w r rgral
-e goat ia -front of -
to the other. CoXoaa]
Vienna and Kr. v . I . Hi ffaan is er i'n vi Bi to
Frankfurt, Gena&ny - I Loag stoat »*■
time, but only i
traveller. Other ft vara the T
who found ao difficulty ia sea;; Ida the iVnce
because they to:. raly in pa*
,°uch gosai iized
lilce our *:aaes ir
fl©-> rth fr to
Mr. Lang and to Mrs
in settled i;
Horns are bacic in Vien- Tork,
may, by chance, hear k far
a little while they eo 2d la" ;yaide
A R I
a vz ■ the Ian
SATURDAY \ h\ ^
It v<; ,
sparkling in the i-ght. Inert
•ide of tK e to t]
All the straight lines in
thickened and only the
where the eaves mist be. Qtttaj hung
its own -?ie
a Sffl&l. read: